Flood victims need help in multiple areas

Thousands of people have been forced from their homes in the Houston, Texas, area because of flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. At this writing, it was still raining there.

Some parts of Texas were expected to record more than five feet of precipitation in less than a week’s time.

We have no doubt the hearts of many West Virginians go out to the beleaguered Texans (and to their neighbors in Louisiana, not hit quite as hard but still suffering).

Our experiences with flooding for many decades make us feel a special kinship with others victimized by high water.

But that is just the point for those thinking of sending donations to help the folks in Texas and Louisiana.

Many of our neighbors in the Mountain State still are struggling in the aftermath of late-July flash floods.

Many in southern counties, devastated by flash flooding last year, still need assistance.

So, what to do? Ignore the local victims and react with donations to the disaster in Texas and Louisiana? Or remember that charity begins at home and let “someone else” pitch in for our southern neighbors?

Come on, now. Surely we’re better people than that.

West Virginia hearts are big enough to help both the local flood victims and those in Texas and Louisiana.

They’d all do the same for us.


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