UPDATE: Thirty families benefit from donated clean up supplies

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 2/22/18:

It all started on Facebook, a local woman worked with the Marietta Mayor, and Wednesday dozens picked up loads of cleaning supplies as the Mid-Ohio Valley prepares for another round of rain coming this weekend.

Angela Hood says her friend couldn't find help to clean up her flooded basement in Marietta. So Hood posted on Facebook asking for help and people immediately wanted to donate. She went to the mayor’s office and together they organized a drop off location.

Room seven at the Armory in Marietta quickly filled with cleaning supplies from businesses and the community. Wired Up Electrical Services in Belpre is loaning pumps for people that are still trying to clear water. You can call 304-916-6418 to borrow a pump.

Wired Up Electric also teamed up with Mountaineer Mechanical in Parkersburg to buy supplies from Sam's in Vienna.

"I just can't believe, I wasn't expecting this we have bleach, brooms, mops, paper towels, gloves, trash bags, disinfectant. I would like to give a shout out to the Vienna Sam's that when they went to purchase this, they discounted it when they found out what it was for they gave them a discount on it so that was awesome. You know, local businesses that aren't affected, they're still helping in what ways they can." Says Hood.

Hood says the American Red Cross stopped by to help as nearly 30 families came needing supplies. The drop off location will be open Thursday and Friday as well from 10-12 and from 1-4.


Areas of Marietta are still being impacted by flooding such as homes on Front Street. Some basements took in several feet of water over the weekend including the home of Paul Nedar.

He and his sister were out cleaning supplies he stored in his basement that took in five feet of water.
“This is the first one in a while but usually if it rains I’ll get a couple feet in there. We came out the day, the night before and put everything up three foot and thought it would be good, and well, it wasn't.”
Then there was Angela and Richard Hood; their home wasn't affected by the flooding but when they heard a friend was in need of help and couldn't find the proper recourses, they stepped in.

Angela shared a post across social media hoping for advice from the community on how her friend could get assistance recovering from the flood.

“Well it just started out, you know, to help a friend, get some information because we hadn't seen anything. She went to a couple places and hit a dead end, hit a brick wall.”
She says comments started coming in asking her if she would be collecting donations and where people could drop off supplies to help. That's when she turned to the mayor’s office.

“With coordination with the mayor's office, Mayor Joe Mathews, the safety service director, Jonathan Hupp and Marietta Main Street, we've set up for tomorrow to take donations here at the armory.

It's on the ground floor, on the left when you're looking at the armory from Front Street. You can come by to room 7 between 10:00 and 12:00 or 1:00 and 4:00 to drop things off, pick things up, whatever you need.

Hood says they need things like cleaning supplies bleach, mops, buckets, push brooms, trash bags or sanitizer. She says local businesses have contacted her wanting to help as well. Rodney Worrell with Wired Up Electrical Services in Belpre is donating supplies. He also says you can call him at 304-916-6418 if you need to borrow a pump to clean out water.

Mountaineer Mechanical of Parkersburg will also be donating supplies.

All across the Mid-Ohio Valley, cities are doing what they can to help people dispose of the debris once they get it cleaned up.

If you live in Parkersburg city limits, Public Works says the city's sanitation crews will take most household goods if residents can get them to the curb. Including refrigerators, furniture or damaged carpet. They'll also take yard waste, as long as it's bagged.

Marietta has waived permit requirements to place a dumpster in the city for flood clean up. They say to call the engineers office for placement information.

The Wood County 911 Center says if there is large debris on a roadway, to contact the West Virginia Division of Highways. But Wood County unfortunately does not have a specific program for getting rid of flood debris from homes.

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