Charlotte relief organization deploys team to help W.Va. flood victims

- International Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse announced this week they're deploying a disaster response team along with a tractor-trailer stocked with tools and emergency supplies to West Virginia.

Samaritan’s Purse staff and volunteers said they will provide aid to victims of the worst flooding the state has seen in a century.

The North Carolina-based organization said they will help residents clean out their flood-damaged homes.

Teams will tear out damaged drywall, remove flooring, clear debris and spray chemicals designed to stop mold growth.

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A Samaritan’s Purse helicopter conducted a preliminary survey of the damage and assisted local authorities in search efforts Saturday and Sunday. 

Heavy rains have pounded West Virginia, with the state receiving one-quarter of its annual rainfall in a day. Many homes have been inundated with several feet of water, and the governor has declared a state of emergency in 44 counties.

The tractor-trailer, one of the organization’s Disaster Relief Units, arrived Monday stocked with heavy-duty tarps, generators and other tools that will aid in the cleanup efforts. This unit and volunteer teams are based at Rhema Christian Center in Lewisburg, West Virginia, Samaritan’s Purse’s partner church for the response effort.

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