Disaster Consultant Helping White Sulphur Springs


Construction workers are overwhelmed clearing debris from devastated streets in White Sulphur Springs like Mill Hill Drive.

Amelia Kinnison was forced to leave her home and almost all her belongings there after it was destroyed by the recent floods. She says everyone on her street shares a similar story.

“It was one of the hardest hit streets,” Kinnison tells 59News. “I mean there was others that were pretty hard hit. But ours was one of the most hit streets, so.”

Lloyd Haynes, White Sulphur Springs Mayor, is now scrambling to restore his beloved city. He’s hired this disaster consultant out of Florida to help the city apply for FEMA grants.

The money will go towards rebuilding the city’s damaged infrastructure.

“He’s helping us all the way through to do the paper work to set up the right agencies and to correspond with agencies to get things done,” Haynes says. “And that’s been very helpful to us.”

It’s efforts like this that make White Sulphur Springs residents like Kinnison believe her city will make a comeback.

“It says a lot,” Kinnison says. “You know I mean it shows he cares a lot about the community we live in and he wants to get things going back to normal as quickly as possible and help as many people as he can so it says a lot.”

Haynes says White Sulphur Springs has suffered millions of dollars worth of damage.

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