A State of Emergency is declared in the Commonwealth of Virginia on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. It’s an empty sanctuary after flooding caused some severe damage at the Raven Assembly of God in Raven, Virginia in early March. The carpets and pews are cleared out.
Lead Pastor of Raven Assembly of God, Marshall Frasier said, “It will be a slow process but it will get done. It will look nice when we get done. We’re excited about that so it’s almost like a face lift and you didn’t plan for it.”
The process for residents in Tazewell County looking to apply for funding is still being worked out. The Tazewell County Board of Supervisors passed resolution declaring a State of Emergency for Tazewell County after Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s declaration on Tuesday. Eastern District Supervisor Charlie Stacy said, “By making the declaration, Tazewell County will potentially receive assistance from either the Federal Government or the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
Member of Raven Assembly of God Chris Wood said, “That would be great because I mean a lot of stuff down here gets messed up. It’s good that they finally realize that and decide to help some people out.”
Wood said he lost thousands of dollars worth of items in the flooding.
“Raven Assembly of God has really helped us out a lot. They took up a donation for us. They helped us get dressers and a new couch. It helps out when you have nothing. Anything is better than nothing, said Wood.”
Youth Pastor Chris Hunt said, “The church is always about people. It’s not about a building and so I think the great thing for us is just that the church as a whole has come together and the community has come together and that’s been fantastic.
Once everything is worked out, Stacy said they’ll give Tazewell County residents information on submitting a claim.