Tornado victims asking for help

DELTAVILLE, VA (WWBT) - Deltaville is asking for your help. The small community was hit hard by the tornados that tore through Virginia and volunteers have been helping pick up the pieces all week. Now people there are asking for helping hands to finish the job.

Volunteers from the non-profit group Operation Blessing have been in Deltaville all week cleaning up yards and even using heavy machinery to clear large debris from homes. Over 100 homes were damaged or destroyed in Middlesex County alone.

Deltaville native Cheryl Princeteagle is one of those volunteers.

"You will not believe it's the same town," she said. "I walked through trying to get to my mother's house Saturday night to see if there was damage. It's not the same town. There were houses and friends I was trying to get to, you couldn't even get down the road."

Operation Blessing will be leaving Deltaville Saturday evening, and those left to clean up the aftermath are asking for some help before they leave.

Locals say a lot of work has been done in just a week, but the work is far from over.

"There's so much left to do," Princeteagle said. "When you see how much progress has been made, you know it's going to get done. It's going to get done."

Much of that work is being done by volunteers with little to no connection with Deltaville. Carlton Revere is the Middlesex County Emergency Services director. He says this small community would be overwhelmed with the clean-up if it wasn't for the extra manpower.

"We're a rural county," he said. "We don't have quite the support staff that maybe more suburban or metropolitan areas have and they've just allowed us to focus on larger needs."

What comes around, goes around. People like Princeteagle have volunteered during other disaster cleanups, and now they're on the receiving end of that help.

"This county helps other people," Princeteagle said. "It's coming back to us."

If you're able to volunteer, you're asked to show up at Philippi Church on General Puller Highway in Deltaville Saturday morning at 8:30. If you plan on volunteering Saturday, you're asked to wear long pants and solid shoes. If you can't make it, but still want to help, the Red Cross is accepting donations for tornado victims.

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