In mid-April, the Jane Lew Town Park looked very different. Heavy rains put the park under feet of water, and left the town holding the bill to clean up the park and repair the park building. The town has already spent $52,000 on repairs, but on Thursday, crews from Dominion Energy were keeping busy, providing the man-hours Mayor Ruth Straley said the town couldn’t pay for.
“There’s no way we could have afforded all of this. It would have had to wait until we got more money in our treasury, because we’re a very small town, and to someone like Clarksburg, $52,000 may sound like a little bit, but to Jane Lew, that’s a fortune,” Straley said.
Dominion Energy has been a part of the Lewis County community for some time, and everyone from company interns to directors came out to pitch in. The town of Jane Lew provided supplies for work crews to go all around the park, pruning, scraping, fixing and more, before adding more to the list.
“That list has since grown as we continue to complete tasks, we find new projects that we can do. We’re working on repairing the playground, painting the bleachers, cleaning out the ditches and repainting the bathrooms after the recent flooding in April,” said Dominion’s Samantha Norris.
Straley said having all the help has been a dream. Former town councils had decided not to carry flood insurance on the buildings in the park, so just the labor hours go a long way to whipping the park back into shape.
“To be able to get all the park back in order, get it to look nice, get it cleaned up, it just means the world to us. I don’t even know how to express it more than that,” said Straley.