Fayette County sets up spoiled food drop-offs, ice and water pick-up locations
FAYETTTEVILLE, W.Va. --About 42 percent of Fayette County residents were still without power Saturday, but the county commission President Matthew Wender said all public service districts were back in operation around the county and would be doing everything they could to assist those still in the dark. Bottle water and ice, as well as packaged meals are available at the Ansted Baptist Church, the Ansted Fire Department, the Sunday Road Baptist Church, the Kanawha Falls Public Service District, the Gauley Bridge Fire Department, the Armstrong Creek Fire Department, the Fayetteville First Church of God, the Meadow Bridge Fire Department and Good News Outreach, the Mount Hope Fire Department, the Page and Kincaid Public Service District, the Loop Creek Fire Department, the Pax Fire Department, Valley Elementary School, Nuttall Fire Department, Gauley River Public Service District, the Danese Fire Department, Mountain View Baptist Church at Hilltop and Calvary Baptist Church in Oak Hill. The food will be distributed as long as it is available.Full service shelters are available at the First Church of God in Fayetteville and the Montgomery Catholic Church. Cooling stations are available with water, ice, and packaged meals at the Nuttall Fire Department, the Ansted Baptist Church, the Mount Hope Fire Department, Valley Elementary in Smithers, the Montgomery Catholic Church, the Mountain View Church of God in Hilltop, the Calvary Baptist Church in Oak Hill, and the Sunday Road Baptist Church in Hico. The cooling stations do not have overnight facilities.People also can get a shower at Valley High School in Smithers.Members of the West Virginia National Guard have set up feeding stations with hot meals at the Ansted Baptist Church, the Gauley Bridge Fire Department, the Glen Jean Armory, and the Armstrong Creek Fire Department. The feeding sites are open for breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. and for dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. On Friday, people served 1,087 meals at those locations, according to Wender.At the Loop Creek Fire Department near Kincaid on W.Va. 61, hot meals will be served starting at 8 a.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.Members of the Southern Baptist Church and the Red Cross are serving a noon lunch and a 5 p.m. dinner at the Mount Lookout Fire Department, the Sunday Road Baptist Church in Hico, Good News Outreach in Meadow Bridge, and the Danese Fire Department.Also on Friday, people served 740 meals at those locations.Starting Sunday, people can bring spoiled food to the following dumpsters: beside the Oak Hill Police Department, the old city building in Mount Hope, the Fayetteville High School parking lot, Sam's parking lot in Victor, the Danese Elementary School, at the Public Service District behind the commercial building in Meadow Bridge, at the Gauley Bridge Fire Department, between Valley High School and Valley Elementary in Smithers, at the Southern Appalachian Labor School in Beards Fork, at the Pax Fire Department, at the truck stop pull off in Smithers, at Midland Trail High School in Hico, at the One Stop Gas Station in Glen Jean, at T&C Midway in Mossy, at the Apostolic Light House Church in Armstrong Creek, and at the Armstrong Creek Fire Department.For those hoping to beat the heat at the Fayette County Park, those plans also will have to be postponed. The pool is closed because the park has no water.Fayette officials also urge homeowners to be aware of scam artists. Be sure that any contractors who offer professional services during this emergency have a valid West Virginia contractor's license.Volunteers are needed in all areas of the county. Please call Roseann Berry with the Fayette Nicholas County Red Cross at 304-469-4636, if you can help.