Disaster Response team partners to build bridges

By WV UMC Admin

Here at the Clendenin United Methodist Church where “Team Orwigsburg” from Orwigsburg, PA has arrived with pre-fabricated bridges that will be the start of our 2016 Flood Bridge Project. Team Orgwigsburg is based out of Orgwigsburg, PA and is multi denominational group that assists in disasters.

A big thanks to the WV Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ for helping book this team in WV. Also a Huge thanks to Bartush Signs & Crane Service for their help on this project.



Bridges! Loading the first of two bridges staged in Clendenin for transport to Clay County for a family whose bridge washed away in the June, 2016 flood disaster. The team from Orwigsburg PA is ready to roll. WV United Methodist Disaster Recovery is really excited about this project. Team O pre-built the bridge at Bartush Signs and Crane in Orwigsburg, transported the pieces, brought all the heavy equipment, and began excavation and assembly work today.




More about bridges. Heavy equipment arrives at the site, including a 40 ton crane. Steel beams from another bridge that washed away are used by the family for temporary access across Lower Porter’s Creek, Clay County. The form is set for a concrete abutment, and decking is fastened to the steel frame, ready to set when the concrete has set. Excitement abounds for WV United Methodist Disaster Recovery.







Yay, Team Orwigsburg! The first of two bridges is set as part of WV United Methodist flood disaster recovery in Clay County. More pictures later after the transitions are formed from bridge to road and land side and first drives!



Homeowner takes the first vehicle over his new bridge, though he followed his younger son, first to cross on his bike. Team Orwigsburg finished the transitions from road to bridge, and I took a United Methodist Disaster Recovery “victory lap”. Homeowner is retired military, and Team O brought with them a salvaged flag pole from another project and new US flag. Project complete! Pouring concrete for the second bridge elsewhere in Clay County tomorrow.