EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSREVAMPING SMALL TOWN PARK
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Crews Makeover Putnam Park Despite Possible Future Conditions
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Web Producer: Kristin Keeling
Reported: Oct. 27, 2012 5:12 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 27, 2012 5:23 PM EDT
Hometown , Putnam County , West Virginia
Some local organizations aren't backing down from mother nature despite the conditions Hurricane Sandy could bring to our area.
Hometown Park in Putnam County is currently bare and filled with debris after June's massive storm wreaked havoc on the park.
But tree by tree, the park is getting back into shape with the help of Toyota employees, Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail, and some volunteers.
"It's one of these forgotten places that as you drive by it, everything was covered in moss and just going down hill," said Lowell Wilkins from Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail.
The volunteers say they want to bring the small town park back to what it used to be even with Hurricane Sandy looming.
Hurricane Sandy could dump heavy snow on our area. As much as a few feet in the higher elevations in the Kanawha Valley including Hometown. Predictions are high winds, rain and even snow.
The predictions have put local emergency officials on standby.
"We've been notified to be prepared to potentially send help. Whether it be needed for the heavy snow that mountains may get here in West Virginia or for flooding or whatever," said Fire specialist, Jeremy Jones.
The possible storm is something these helpers have in the back of their minds but say it's not stopping them from trying to rebuild.
"We deal with storms occasionally, but nothing compared to other areas of the country. So I feel fortunate and blessed. To give back is just a small amount of my time," said volunteer, Krista Wolf.
Cleaning up only to perhaps face destruction again. But this group says they're ready for whatever comes their way.
"No matter what happens, we're always going to recover, we're always going to rebuild. That's never going to be a question," said Director of Putnam County Parks and Recreation, Scott Williamson.
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