Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 6, 2014

UPDATE: Flood recovery efforts continue in hard-hit Panther community

PANTHER — Flood recovery efforts are continuing in parts of McDowell County.

Health officials began giving tetanus shots Friday morning as crews with the American Red Cross, the National Guard and other officials were working to deliver food and other supplies to residents in need. Flood waters ravaged homes and businesses in the community early Thursday morning.

Teresa VanDyke, director of the McDowell County 911 Center, said anyone who has been in the flood waters and has not had a shot in recent years should get one now. The tetanus shots are being given at Betty’s Diner in Bull Creek from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  and the Panther Volunteer Fire Department from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

VanDyke said there are no emergency shelters set up at this time. She said no residents have expressed a need for a shelter at the moment.

Motorists are being asked to avoid the areas of Bull Creek and Mudfork, according to VanDyke. The state Division of Highways is currently working to make emergency road repairs in the area.

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