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Clendenin woman receives national award for her contribution to flood recovery

A Clendenin woman was recently honored in Washington D.C. for her outstanding contribution to disaster recovery as a volunteer, following the devastating flood last June. (WCHS/WVAH)

A Clendenin woman was recently honored in Washington D.C. for her outstanding contribution to disaster recovery as a volunteer, following the devastating flood last June.

After accepting the Small Business Association Phoenix award, Susan Jack gave a speech, saying she was accepting the award not for herself or her efforts, but for every person in Clendenin who was affected by the flood.

Ivanka Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and SBA Administrator, Linda McMahon, were there to congratulate and thank her. She received the Phoenix award on both the national and state level.

Jack and her daughter were packed up, ready to move to Ohio when the flood hit, but she says she just couldn't leave her town in the mess it was in. So she stayed and dedicated the past 10 months to helping the community get back into their homes.

"I wanted to dedicate it to the people of Clendenin and the Elk River Valley, because everyone here deserves an award for what we've all had to endure, so it's been a long 10 months, 10 plus months now,” Jack said.

Jack recently became the Executive Director of the Greater-Kanawha Long-term Recovery Committee, and she says there is still great need in Clendenin.

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