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Rainelle transitions to normalcy, students return to school
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

RAINELLE, W.Va. — Things are getting back to normal in Greenbrier County as students head back to school Monday and the Town of Rainelle begins the rebuilding process following the historic June flood.

Rainelle Mayor Andy Pendleton says the construction of new homes in her town is “uplifting.”

“There’s days that I get so down. I can’t stand it and then I say my little prayer that everything turns around,” she told MetoNews. “We’ve always been on the downside. Now we’re starting to lift ourselves up.”

Last week, there was a groundbreaking ceremony in the town for the Appalachia Service Project where construction began on the first of 50 homes for flood survivors.

The county was washed away by high water on June 23. Since then, a team of 17,000 volunteers with ASP got together to rebuild the area.

“That means a new beginning for Rainelle,” said Pendleton.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin handed out grants for small businesses there who were severely impacted by the flood.

Pendleton said they plan on setting up about 10 trailers from FEMA. Over two dozen trailers will be brought in for all of Greenbrier County.

“They’re actually in the people’s driveway,” she said. “So they’re actually located through the town not actually in the certain trailer parks. The trailers are very nice. They’re one bedroom, two bedroom or three bedroom.”

For anyone looking to register with the project you can visit Town Hall in Rainelle or by going online to www.asphome.org.