Cleanup efforts continue in Wallace after floods

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HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - Dozens of families in Wallace continue to clean up, after last weekend's floods damaged homes and properties.

"It was close to one of the worst I've seen in the 24 years I've been here," said Jay Jenkins, chief of Wallace Volunteer Fire Department, describing the floods.

Jenkins said in some cases, crews were not able to get to the most affected areas, due to rising water.

He listed Davis Addition Road, Ashcraft Addition Road, and Rock Camp as some of the areas hit with some of the more extensive damage.

"We couldn't get down to Ten Mile [Road]--we had flooding--we couldn't even get to those people," Jenkins said.

One resident told 5 News Tuesday that the water was rising so quickly in her house Saturday morning, she was forced to sit on top of her washing machine, as she clung to her four dogs and waited for the water to recede.

"I lost my bed, I lost my sofas, I've lost a lot of my personal belongings, like my picture albums and things like that," said Gail Alexis Baskin, as she stood outside her house.

The Red Cross has helped deliver items to those in need, but Chief Jenkins says help is still needed. Volunteers with the fire department are currently collecting the following:

-Water bottles

-Clorox

-Rubber gloves

Crews encourage people to donate any other cleaning supplies or food and water to the fire department in Wallace.