Kingsport family mourns teen killed in WV flood, collecting donations for victims

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL)– West Virginia is under a state of emergency after powerful storms prompted flash flooding that killed 20 people. One of those people killed in White Sulphur Springs has family in the Tri-Cities.

Courtney Kendrick lives in Kingsport, but said they have several family members who live in West Virginia.

A Tri-Cities family says a teenage relative was killed during flooding in West Virginia
A Tri-Cities family says a teenage relative was killed during flooding in West Virginia

Earlier this week, they found our her 15-year-old cousin died in the flooding, and two other family members are still missing.

Kendrick said they are trying to stay positive by collecting donations for those who have been affected by the flooding.

“If this was your family you would be begging people to support you,” said Kendrick. “We live in a strong community here, we have a lot of backbone, we have a lot of support, and I just pray that everybody comes out and joins us and supports us.”

Kendrick and her family are asking for any non-perishable items to take to West Virginia next week, like clothes, toiletries, and bottles of water.

All of those items can be dropped off outside of Bent and Dent Salvage Shop in Blountville. The address is 2426 Highway 11W.

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