- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - A home reconstruction project is getting started in flood-ravaged White Sulphur Springs.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled Saturday on the site of Hope Village, a community of 42 homes and a park that are planned on donated city property. It is meant to help residents whose homes were destroyed in the June 23 floods.

The partnership Homes for West Virginia said in a news release that the White Sulphur Springs City Council voted unanimously this week to support the project. The land transfer is expected to be completed at a City Council meeting next Monday.

Homes for West Virginia is a partnership involving local businesses, community leaders and New Orleans-based SBP, a disaster recovery nonprofit group founded after the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

The project is spearheaded by architect Tom Crabtree, who said it will serve as a springboard for statewide recovery efforts from flooding that killed at least 23 people in the state, including 15 in Greenbrier County.

“We have in place all of what is needed to tackle a catastrophic situation hands-on and revive disaster areas physically, emotionally and economically,” Crabtree said in the statement.

Lititz, Pennsylvania-based volunteer network Mennonite Disaster Service will help build the village on land above Howard’s Creek.

“Speed is of the essence in helping our community recover from this disaster, and we appreciate the commitment from everyone involved to bring permanent homes and hope to impacted families as quickly as possible,” White Sulphur Springs Mayor Lloyd Haynes said in the statement.

Pharmaceutical company Mylan and Morgantown health care company MedExpress will be among the financial backers for Homes for West Virginia, the statement said.

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Online:

SBP: http://www.sbpusa.org

Mennonite Disaster Service: https://www.mds.mennonite.net

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