Several flood events in the spring of 2015 damaged over 300 private stream crossings (bridges) in southwest West Virginia. Homeowners who cross streams to get to their homes are either driving through the stream bed, using a neighbor’s bridge if they can, or parking on the other side of the stream and walking across a temporary walkway or a neighboring bridge. Because these are private structures, the government cannot help directly, so the only potential assistance is voluntary organizations like MDS.
Together with the WV VOAD, MDS is rebuilding private bridges in the areas around Clendenin, WV. Volunteers will stay at the Stillwaters Ministries building near Clendenin. The jobs will involve physical labor, working with concrete and steel for the structure and oak planks for the bridge decking. MDS will place small crews on site, because the jobs will not need large numbers of volunteers.
At present, MDS has completed 42 bridges. To see photos of some of them click here.
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