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Volunteers create network of help in rural Morgan County

Donations have been streaming in to West Liberty ever since those deadly storms rolled through Friday night, but people here in the outlying areas of Morgan County say help was hard to come by. Thankfully, though, they say that's improving.

"It's kind of like we're cut off," says Sharon Tharp.

Tharp is organizing the donation and distribution center at East Valley Elementary School in Crockett, northeast of West Liberty in Morgan County. She says initially, people here weren't getting the help people in larger areas were getting.

"That was my feeling in the beginning. We are getting help out here now and we've got some folks that have reached out. We're doing better today," she says.

Tharp says that's because volunteers from across the state have come together to form a network of donation distribution. The hub is in Index just south of West Liberty. From there, trips are made to communities throughout Morgan County. Rhonda Wright is giving birth to a son any day now and says this network of help is a huge relief.

"The lady told me if I needed to come and stay here that they can get an ambulance to me and I wouldn't have to worry about getting flooded in and we could get to a hospital. It's amazing to me," she said as she picked up diapers for her future son.

Organizers here in Crockett say they'll continue to receive daily supply runs from West Liberty.


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