Salem, WV - Players from Salem International University's Men's Water Polo and Softball Teams spent Saturday helping to patch the roof at the Barn in Salem, WV. The building is used for various community events and gatherings.
The Barn was severely damaged during the derecho storm that hit the United States on June 29th, 2012.
"We mainly climbed up the ladders carrying shingles and nails," said SIU Freshman Bre'ana Felix (Heath, OH).
"It means a lot (to me) since I just got here and I'm already helping out," continued Felix. "I feel good helping."
"It's fantastic that the college is participating in this exercise," said Salem, WV City Councilman Bobby Samples. "It's fantistic."
In West Virginia, about 672,000 customers lost electricity. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia declared a state of emergency after the storm. All but two of the state's 55 counties sustained some damage or loss of power. At peak, more than half of the state's customers were without power. Around 70 high voltage power lines were downed.
The derecho's aftermath was arguably more difficult in West Virginia than anywhere else. Power restoration was very slow and outages extremely long, as a result of the sparse and scattered population, mountainous terrain, difficult conditions in extreme heat and need for crews over a large area. The American Red Cross shipped tens of thousands of meals to the state, along with large quantities of water to residents in entire communities that were isolated as a result.
Article posted on 2012-09-17 12:45:11