Local’s Family in Floods Found Alive

A Biloxi resident who has family in the middle of the deadly flash floods in West Virginia was able to find out the status of her loved ones through the help of a news producer from “The Today Show.”
News 25’s Gina Tomlinson visited her today and has the details.
More than 25 people dead, 1,200 homes leveled and hundreds stranded over the weekend in the flooding in West Virginia. This storm hit close home for Biloxi resident Kathryn Gorenflo who has relatives living in the storm’s path. “Seeing the pictures that were coming in and looking at places that I have pictures of.”
Gorenflo was born in Virginia and some of her closest family members still live in counties hardest hit by flooding in West Virginia. All she could do is watch reports on the daily flooding on the east coast, her loved ones, especially her 83-year-old uncle, heavy on her mind. “He lives alone. He’s blind in one eye. He should not be driving. We did not know the status of him.”
And there was no way for Gorenflo to reach her family. “I prayed. I got online, the first thing I did was ask people to pray.”
Gorenflo’s prayers were answered when her Facebook post caught the eye of a freelance producer who contacted “The Today Show” field producer Kip Grosenick. He was able to locate Gorenflo’s family for her, calling her to let her know that one of her cousin’s lost her entire home, but Gorenflo’s uncle was safe. “It was news people and Facebook!”
Gorenflo pulls out a picture of a movie theatre her mother went to when she was a little girl, now wiped out by the flood, along with thousands of other homes and businesses. As the flood waters recede and clean up begins, it’s clear that it’s not things but people that matter most. “I’m just glad she’s safe,” said Gorenflo.
The flood victims are in need of materials and food. You can help them with a simple text by sending “WVFLOODS” to 90999.

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