Clendenin rebuild doesn't stop for Labor Day holiday

Published: Sep. 5, 2016 at 10:36 PM EDT
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CLENDENIN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Laying the foundation of recovery doesn't stop for the holiday.

A group of volunteers from a church in Kentucky spent their Labor Day helping to re-construct a home near Clendenin that was destroyed in the June flooding.

"Even on Labor Day, we're laboring .. we're here .. helping people out, that's what it's all about, helping your neighbor," explained James Blanton, one of the volunteers from Mount Sterling Kentucky.

He spent Monday helping his next-state neighbors in the Reamer area. He and a handful of other construction-minded volunteers from the Reid Village Baptist Church took the week off to add new wall installation, drywall and subflooring to what was Alice Matheny's home of 15 years.

She was evicted by flooding just a few months ago. The flood waters took nearly everything including treasured memories of her son, a former Charleston police officer and army staff sergeant. He died four years ago.

"I do believe that my son is watching over me. I feel him. I know he is," said Matheny.

Matheny said her blessings extend to the men who gave up their day off to help put her life back together.

"Angels among us. I had no floors! You could look down into the basement," Matheny explained.

The church group is just one of several starting the rebuild process all over the flood-impacted areas of West Virginia.

Volunteers from the Reid Village Baptist Church say the groups are being assigned by the West Virginia Baptist Convention. They say more volunteers are welcome and needed as the rebuild continues.