CHERITON, Va. (WAVY) – A community cleanup is scheduled this week for Cherrystone Campground in Cheriton after an EF-1 tornado swept through the area last week.
According to a news release from Sheriff David Doughty in Northampton County, officials say the cleanup will happen Thursday, July 31 starting at 9 a.m. They are expecting the campground to reopen Friday at 8 a.m.
In the news release, Sheriff Doughty stated there was an “overwhelming amount” of food, water and supplies donated by local businesses and residents. He also said residents, school staff and others volunteered their time at the shelter, located at Northampton High School.
“Our hearts go out to all the families who were affected and especially the family of the victims. I am proud of all our residents, businesses, civic organizations, and neighboring jurisdictions for what they did to help with the rescue efforts and shelter supplies. This was truly the Virginia and Eastern Shore way,” Sheriff Doughty said in a statement.
Sheriff Doughty said there were 1,328 campers registered last Thursday at Cherrystone Campground. 265 were taken to Northampton High School for shelter. He said 29 patients were treated at local hospitals.
Doughty also gave a detailed list of injuries and where patients were taken. He said two of the three patients taken to Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters were treated and released, but one remains in critical condition.
A fund has also been set up to help the family of Lord Balatbat and Lolibeth Ortega, who were killed when the tornado hit. A fund was set up on Friday, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the family. Donations can be made at any PNC bank, just indicate “Balatbat-Ortega Chidlren’s Fund” in the memo line.
Donations can be mailed to:
Balatbat-Ortega Children’s Fund
PO BOX 623
Onley, VA 23418