Flood carves a path of destruction at historic resort

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — The devastating floods last week that killed 23 people in West Virginia carved a path of destruction at the historic Greenbrier resort, one of the jewels of the state’s tourism industry.

Two bodies were discovered on the resort grounds, and the golf course where a PGA tournament was supposed to start during the week of July Fourth is a muddy mess, strewn with trash, tires, refrigerators and severed trees.

The 700-room resort has hosted presidents and royalty and holds a once-secret underground bunker built for Congress in case of nuclear attack during the Cold War.

But it’s now serving as a shelter for 300 flood victims, welcomed by the Greenbrier’s owner, gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice.