A History of Need

Since 2013, Montwell Commons has steadily progressed toward its original vision of creating a space for multi-use community gathering.


In 2016, a 1,000-year flood struck the Greenbrier Valley, devastating large swaths of the county, displacing over 200 local families, and killing 23 people across the state. The tragic events of June 2016 slowed progess on the development of Montwell Commons but highlighted an important community need.


In the weeks after the flood, Montwell Commons served as a center for volunteer and donation organization, as well as resource deployment. Since then, Montwell Commons has regained momentum and begun its second phase of development, inclusion of a Disaster Support Center has become central to the vision.

Support at Montwell Commons

To address community needs during potential outages, Montwell Commons raised funds to purchase and install a 70,000 watt natural gas generator. This enhanced infrastructure enables us to provide power to our partners so people will have a place to gather, eat, and literally recharge should we lose electric service.

Renovations to the Clingman Center include a commercial kitchen and ADA-compliant restrooms (plus one with a shower). Improvements to the parking lot offer a large safe, well lit, and properly drained outdoor space where residents and resources can connect. In the future, we also hope to have an on-site radio station that could broadcast announcements and information when other communication methods are not operable or reliably available. 

Want to create an emergency plan for your family?  >

If emergency conditions are in effect for the Greenbrier Valley area, please check the city's website or call 911 for support.

Additional Local Support

Greater Greenbrier Long-term Recovery Committee >

Greenbrier County Homeland Security & Emergency Management >