PARKERSBURG – The staff of the West Virginia Baptist Convention continues to coordinate the flood relief effort across the state.  The West Virginia American Baptist Men’s Disaster Relief Team has been deployed to Rainelle and is based at Rainelle First Baptist Church (Hopewell).  Countless volunteer teams have gone to help with clean up, feeding and water distribution.

Areas that were the hardest hit include: Birch River, Clay, Clendenin, Rainelle, Richwood, Rupert, White Sulpher Springs and their surrounding areas.  Hundreds of homes and businesses are total losses.  Six counties have been declared “Federal Disaster Areas.”

Camp Cowen is fully operational.  Hylbert Hall and the covered campfire have been cleaned and both are being used for camps;  However, much equipment was lost and we will have to replace the Crouch House, which serves as the residence for the director of Camping.

Right now, sites are overwhelmed with supplies.  But more will be needed as we move forward.  Please check back to see what specific needs may be in the next week or so.

Your generousity in giving money for this recovery has been tremendous!  THANK YOU!

The Convention has set up a fund to help churches meet needs resulting from the floods.  You can apply for funds by completing the application here and mailing to: West Virginia Baptist Convention, Flood Application, P.O. Box 1019, Parkersburg, WV  26102.  Each application will be evaluated and funds granted at our discretion.

We would love to share your stories.  Send yours to: and we will do our best to share it with others.

Thank your for your ministry as we can do far more together than we could ever do alone.

Below are some pictures from Camp Cowen:


Crouch House


Hylbert Hal


Maintenance Building

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