A destroyed car rests in front of a house after flooding in Clendenin, West Virginia, northeast of the state capital, Charleston. REUTERS/Marcus Constantino

The Rt. Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer, Bishop of West Virginia, writes about flood damage in his state and asks for assistance:

The worst part of the damage in WV appears to be south of us, in Greenbrier County. More than 23 are confirmed dead, at this time. Our local churches in the region appear to be safe, and have already provided emergency shelter and food for more than a dozen people. As houses and cars have literally floated away, there is growing concern that the residents had no flood insurance (many didn’t live anywhere near any water), thus further destruction of people’s lives will continue.

… Many are stepping in quickly, but the damage is so widespread that it will take weeks to understand the totality of the lives that have been taken and/or destroyed.

Prayers are deeply desired.

The diocese is accepting donations at P.O. Box 5400, Charleston, WV 25361 and online.

Biretta tip: Views from the Bishop’s Chair, Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast

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