Monthly Archives: June 2016

Rebuild Richwood Command Center, FEMA…and more

Lower Oakford Avenue shortly after flood waters recededUpdate:

There is now a Command Center that is coordinating the relief effort in Richwood.  Information regarding:

  • how to make a donation,
  • where and/or how to obtain assistance (FEMA, medical, cleanup, etc.), and
  • how to volunteer in the cleanup effort

can be found at by going to this link.

You can also call the Richwood Family Center at 304-846-2773  for help.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is now setting up a Command Center at City Hall, Second Floor. They will be taking applications and working with business owners and residents from 7:00am to 7:00pm.

The National Guard medical unit/dispensary has moved to Camden Family Health (the
office of Doctor Joe Dawson).  The office is located at 58 East Main Street, Richwood, WV 26261.  Phone number is: 304-846-2608.   Again, you can obtain tetanus shots/inoculations and general medical supplies (band-aides, rubbing alcohol, etc.)

Medical Assistance…and More…

Severe Flooding of downtown Richwood, WV

The National Guard has set up a Medical Unit/Dispensary.  They are located in the mall parking lot behind the Fired Department; and adjacent to the State Farm Insurance office. They are providing tetanus shots and other medical assistance.  If you are in need of medicine, tetanus shots or other medical assistance please visit.  They will be here through the remainder of the week, unless otherwise deployed by the Governor.  The Unit is led by Doctor Carson, who formerly worked for the Summersville Regional Medical Center.

Also, Rite Aid has set up a temporary dispensary at Cherry River Mall.  They are assisting in filling prescriptions.

FEMA Assistance…and more…

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance is now available for Nicholas County.  You can apply online by clicking here.

Assistance is provided to all affected residents; which includes property owners, renters and business owners.

To reach FEMA by phone, please call the numbers listed below.

  • 304-872-3911
  • 304-872-3912
  • 304-872-4145
  • 304-872-8444
  • 800-621-3362 (toll free)

Persons receiving assistance through the WV-Department of Health and Human Resources (WV-DHHR) should also apply.  There are several forms of assistance available for affected families.  Start by contacting your DHHR worker.

The Nicholas County Health Department will be providing a “Tetanus Clinic” at the Richwood Public Library located at 8 White Avenue, Richwood, WV.  Shots will be given  in the Conference Room on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.  Please enter from Lumberjack Street that runs along Cherry River Plaza (between municipal parking lot and the Richwood Volunteer Fire Department).

Now we begin…

The rebuild of Richwood begins.  Yes, there was a flood; the worst in more than 100 years.  There are pictures on social media showing the devastation; so there is no need to burden you with such pictures now.

But, the city and its residents survived.  Now the cleanup and restoration begins.  This is a great time to be a resident of Richwood.  You now have the opportunity to be a part of the city’s revival.

The National Guard has been in town helping with the distribution of food and clothing.  There will soon be a garbage pickup coordinated by the National Guard and the City of Richwood.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be in town sometime Sunday, June 26, 2016, to begin the process of assessing the amount of assistance needed.  All residents affected by the flooding should file damage claims.  More information on how to properly file claims will be forthcoming.

Regarding donations, Fire Chief Tommy Coleman suggests the following:

  • Donations of food that must be cooked and/or clothing; please take these donations to the Moose Lodge, 1 White Avenue, Richwood, WV.  304-846-6163.  The Moose is located across from City Hall.
  • Donations of cleaning supplies and bottled water, take to either the Richwood Volunteer  Fire Department or City Hall.  City Hall is located at 7 White Avenue, Richwood, WV.  Phone number is (304)846-2596.  The Richwood Volunteer Fire Department (RVFD) is located at 10 White Avenue, Richwood, WV. Phone number For the RVFD is (304)846-4826. 
  • All other donations take to the Richwood Volunteer Fire Department.

The Richwood Pantry has started a Go Fund Me campaign.  You can make donations by clicking here.

Below is a picture of Richwood on a great, sunny day in 2014.  This is how we want
Richwood to be remembered.  Help us make this happen.

Richwood Skyline
The Richwood Skyline