Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2020


Heavy rains in far Southwest Virginia caused the Clinch River to flood February 6, soaking parts of the town of Richlands in Tazewell County. It was the worst flooding in the town since 2003 and an estimated 200 people were displaced from their homes during the worst of the flooding.

Teams of Southwest Virginia Community College students, faculty, and staff joined with members of other local organizations for a community cleanup day February 19.

Local businesses donated cleaning supplies, buckets, shovels, rakes, and other tools to assist in the cleanup effort. The volunteer 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.

Organizers called the cleanup day a success, but noted that a more complete recovery will be a long-term process. 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.

Learn more about the Richlands flood cleanup here.'

Jim Babb

Jim Babb works for Virginia's Community Colleges in the Office of Strategic Communications.

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