Looks like I will have some new neighbors shortly:
Louisiana and Texas have accepted West Virginia’s offer to help relocate displaced Louisiana residents in need of assistance, Gov. Joe Manchin announced Saturday.
At about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, six West Virginia Air National Guard C-130s left Charleston’s Yeager Airport for New Orleans Airport to pick up approximately 500 Louisiana residents “looking for a safe and friendly place to lay their heads,” Manchin said.
The first plane was to arrive Saturday evening back at Yeager, where the passengers would be given food, water, showers, blankets and medical attention, he said. From there, they were to be flown to Morgantown and bused to Camp Dawson in Preston County, where they will be temporarily housed.
“We will welcome these fellow Americans with open arms and I am confident that our residents will quickly rise to the challenge of helping our new neighbors rebuild their lives,” the governor said…
Manchin issued a challenge Saturday to every other governor in the continental United States to join West Virginia in the effort to relocate Gulf Coast refugees.
“If a small state like ours can make this happen, then others can too,” he said. “Because we all must do our part to help – it is our duty as Americans – and it is nothing less than what we would hope others would do for us if the roles were reversed.”
My mother and I were joking that since West Virginia gets a lot of bad publicity, the evacuees are probably fighting not to come here. But, like most people, they will not want to come here, and once they get here and realize how good we have it, they will not want to leave.
And these poor people have no idea what is about to hit them. If it is possible to be suffocated with charity and goodwill, it will happen here.
FYI- Camp Dawson is where my I used to be stationed, and is a perfect facility for this.
Have I mentioned how much I like Governor Manchin? This guy is going to be a national leader in a few years.
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LOL. According to this map, WV is one of the only safe places in the country.