In rain-soaked W. Virginia, flood victims plan funerals

Published 9:49 am Tuesday, June 28, 2016

RAINELLE, W.Va. — Like other business operators along Main Street in the West Virginia town of Rainelle, Pamela Wallace Arnold is slowly cleaning up from state’s worst flooding in decades. As a funeral planner, she’s also helping to bury the dead.

She runs Wallace and Wallace, one of two funeral chapels in this West Virginia town of 1,500 residents. Wallace is doing double duty drying out her rain-soaked business — launched by her great-great-grandfather in 1926 — while planning the funerals of some of the flood victims.

Rainelle is in Greenbrier County, where 15 of the state’s 23 deaths from last week’s devastating floods occurred. Where the visitations will be held, not even Wallace knows.

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