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Over the past few decades flooding has caused major damage to many areas of McDowell County, WV. In the past 2 years alone, flooding caused severe property damage and loss of life. The links below will take you back for a first hand view of these catastrophes as they happened.

Some of the communities damaged by flooding are Welch, Coalwood, Havaco, Bradshaw, Jolo, Premier, Panther, Hemphill, Kimball, Roderfield, Davy, Norwood, Ritter Hollow, Raysal, Oozley Branch, Atwell Branch, Groundhog Branch, Bull Creek, Iaeger, Bee Branch, Beartown Branch, Carswell Hollow, Landgraff, Avondale, Maitland and North Welch.

1936 Flood

1936 Flood in the area of the old Welch Emergency Hospital and McDowell County Board of Education buildings. Photo contributed by: Danny & Patti (Tabor) Crigger

2002 Flood (Part 1)

On May 2, 2002 devastating flood waters once again passed through portions of McDowell County, West Virginia, and surrounding areas. These waters, mostly along Elkhorn Fork, Tug Fork and their tributaries cut a much greater path of destruction than the flood of July 8, 2001. Following are scenes from some areas of McDowell County, along with names, addresses and phone numbers of local organizations accepting and distributing contributions for flood victims.

Some of the communities shown in these photos are Welch, Coalwood, Havaco, Bradshaw, Jolo, Premier, Panther, Hemphill, Kimball, Roderfield, Davy, Norwood, Ritter Hollow, Raysal, Oozley Branch, Atwell Branch, Groundhog Branch, Bull Creek, Iaeger, Bee Branch, Beartown Branch, Carswell Hollow, Landgraff, Avondale, Maitland and North Welch.

Please contact the organizations below with your contribution. You can make a difference.

2002 Flood (Part 2)

The Local organizations accepting and distributing contributions for flood victims.

  • McDowell Mission
    PO Box 746
    Gary, WV 24836
  • Mission Ministries
    PO Box 1011
    Welch, WV 24801
  • Highland Education Project (HEP)
    PO Box 580
    Northfork, WV 24868
  • The Council of the Southern Mountains
    Box 85
    Northfork, WV 24868
    Contact: Randal Johnson or James Eubanks Mustard Seeds and Mountains
    PO Box 686
    Northfork, WV 24868
    Contact: Randy Wallace
  • Five Loaves and Two Fishes Food Bank, Inc.
    PO Box 297
    Roderfield, WV 24881
  • King Pharmaceutical Disaster Services
    Contact: John Reed
  • Big Creek People in Action
    HC 32, Box 541
    Caretta, WV 24821
  • Hensley Assembly of God
    P.O. Box 98
    Hensley, WV 24843
    Contact persons:
    Pastor Gene and Sandy Thorn
    Philip Lucion
  • Cooperative Action Program of Southern McDowell County (CAPS)
    PO Box 134
    Panther, WV
    Contacts: Ernest Leonard or Teresa Matney
  • Catholic Community Services
    P.O.Box 162
    Eckman, WV 24829