‘It was something out of a horror movie’: Residents of Buchanan Co. share their experiences | WJHL
BUCHANAN COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) — After floodwaters devastated different parts of the county overnight, residents of Buchanan County shared their stories with News Channel 11.
Buchanan County resident Archie White spoke to News Channel 11. White went to an elementary/middle school reunification center in Twin Valley to let Virginia State Police know that his family was doing “good and dandy”. White said his house didn’t have much damage, but the houses around him had been pulled off their foundations.
“It’s just mudslides, trees in the road, water in the road and houses in the road…and it’s just a mess,” White said.
Steve Proffitt took News Channel 11 on a guided tour of his mother-in-law’s house. “It was once a very beautiful place, [house] is not even safe to enter. [The water] moved this house, everything is gone. This little community here, people have lost everything and it’s sad.
Dismal Creek resident mother and daughter Cathy and Ashleigh Herron said their swept away home was “something out of a horror movie“.
“It started [and] our back steps to the left, our porch to the left, we were stuck in the house. The water kept rising and eventually my 2 year old son and I were on an airbed on the floor and we were floating. We had a barn in the back yard and the barn hit the house and the whole back of the house was gone. We have lost pets. We have lost everything. We lost six vehicles,” Ashleigh said.
Cathy told News Channel 11 they no longer had a home. “The water was rising so fast and we couldn’t get out because there was nowhere to go. All I could think about was protecting her (Ashleigh) and protecting my grandson. I was like, “Okay, that’s what I have in place if you need any help.”
Search and rescue specialist Billy Chrimes of the Virginia Department of Emergy Management said they were evacuating people with no phones, no power and no way to get to one of the shelters.
United Way of Southwest Virginia (UWSWVA) began working today with community partners to provide assistance to flood-affected families in Buchanan County.
UWSWVA has an online portal for people wishing to donate to the long-term recovery process following the recent floods. UWSWVA President and CEO Travis Staton said the new 2022 Buchanan County Disaster Fund will be separate from Hurley’s long-term recovery fund, which is still active.
According to the release, the Thompson Charitable Foundation is committed to assisting UWSWVA in the long-term recovery process.
Those wishing to donate to the Buchanan County 2022 Disaster Fund may do so here or by calling Cristie Lester at (276) 525-4071.