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Disaster Date:04/01/2015

WV Bridges


What Happened

Flood events in West Virginia have increased over the past 10 years washing out hundreds of private stream crossings (bridges) across the state. Homeowners who cross streams to get to their homes are either driving through the stream bed or parking on the other side of the stream and walking across a temporary walkway. Because these are private structures, the government cannot help directly, so the only potential assistance is voluntary organizations like MDS. Since 2015 MDS has built nearly 150 private bridges with many more to go.

Volunteer in WV Bridges

What MDS Is Doing

MDS is building private bridges in the areas around Clendenin, WV. Volunteers will stay at the Stillwaters Ministries building near Clendenin. The jobs will involve physical labor, working with concrete and steel for the structure and oak planks for the bridge decking. MDS will place small crews on site, because the jobs will not need large numbers of volunteers.


West Virginia is nicknamed The Mountain State, and its many mountains are cut by narrow valleys containing roads, streams, and homes. WV is known for its natural beauty and wonderful outdoor opportunities, and the tourism sector is one of the major employers in the state. Average household income in WV is among the lowest in the US, and unemployment is among the highest. The decline of the coal industry has contributed to the decrease in jobs.

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