Teams of Southwest Virginia Community College students, faculty, and staff joined with members of other local organizations for a community cleanup day after the flooding on February 6, 2020.


On February 19, the Richlands Police Department organized volunteers from the Town of Richlands, Tazewell County, the Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief Team, Southwest Virginia Community College, and other local organizations into teams. Lowe’s and other businesses donated cleaning supplies, buckets, shovels, rakes, and other tools to assist in the cleanup effort. The teams were bused to designated cleanup zones where hundreds of bags of garbage and debris were collected from around dozens of homes, parks, creeks, roadways, and parking areas.

While this day was a success, cleanup is ongoing. Disaster relief teams will be working over the next several months to remove and replace waterlogged insulation, drywall, and flooring in around 40 area homes.

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