Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Jul 31 2002

Concord Maintenance Staff Assists with Flood Relief Efforts in Mcdowell County

Athens, W.Va. - “Some homes have been hit multiple times by floods—it’s so sad,” stated Gene Buckland, lead carpenter at Concord College. “There was absolutely nothing we could do to help.”

Buckland traveled to McDowell County, along with Electrician Larry W. Mann and Trades Worker Stuart Hitt to assess homes hit by the May 2 flood in Coalwood, Frog Level, Six, Hemphill, Northfork Hollow and Welch. Their professional skills were called into action as they judged the condition of eight homes and made recommendations to either repair or demolish.

“Some of the homes were built in the 1930s and 1940s,” continued Buckland. “The flood really damaged those homes. Many of the residents were older, and our hearts went out to them.”

Concord College President Jerry Beasley hosted a thank-you luncheon for the volunteers, Thursday, July 15, along with Building & Grounds Supervisor Gene E. Fields.

“The College is most appreciative of your good works,” commented Beasley. “Thank you for your willingness to help our neighbors in McDowell County. Your compassion for others has been far reaching, and will long be remembered by that grateful community. Thank you for caring enough to help those in need.”


Photo: (back row) Gene Fields, Jerry Beasley, Larry Mann; (front) Gene Buckland, Stuart Hitt