June 23, 2017

Manchin Joins White Sulphur Springs Community on One-Year Anniversary of Flooding

White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. – In remembrance of the 23 lives lost in last year’s historic flooding, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today joined members of the White Sulphur Springs community for a trio of events paying tribute to those who perished and everyone who has worked to recover and rebuild. Three new landmarks were dedicated today, including a memorial in Old Mill Park designed to honor the eight people who lost their lives in White Sulphur Springs. Two new parks on Mill Hill Drive – Nicely Park and Brad Paisley Community Park – also opened today as signals of both flood remembrance and recovery.  

“Today and every day, we remember the precious lives lost,” Senator Manchin said. “I thank the people of this community – Mayor Lloyd Haynes and local officials, volunteer groups and organizations, and every neighbor and volunteer who has made this day of hope and inspiration possible. As we reflect and honor those lost and continue praying for their loved ones, we also celebrate the spirit of selflessness that defines West Virginia, has carried us out of heartache – and will keep us forever closely-knit, proud, and grateful.”

A number of individuals and organizations were recognized for their contributions to rebuilding efforts in White Sulphur Springs, including the West Virginia National Guard, the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, West Virginia Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, the Greater Greenbrier Long Term Recovery Committee, Neighbors Loving Neighbors, the Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation, and the Brad Paisley Foundation.