Aid flood victims here and there

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 area residents 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, all along the Ohio River, provides us 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 close neighbors in the West Virginia counties of Wetzel, Marshall, Ohio and Tyler still are struggling in the aftermath of late-July flash floods. They, too, need help — badly.

Many people in the Northern Panhandle communities of Hundred, McMechen, Pine Grove and other area towns deluged by water in July need all the help they can get. So do those in Ohio County and other regions not eligible for individual federal aid. Let us be certain that though those flood victims are out of the headlines, we provide them with aid and comfort.

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. Hearts here are big enough to help both the local West Virginia flood victims and those in Texas and Louisiana. They’d all do the same for us.

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