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Saints aid flood recovery near West Virginia training camp

Aug 2, 2016, 9:00 AM

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees helps cleanup Villa Park, after the June flooding in Whit...

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees helps cleanup Villa Park, after the June flooding in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (David Grunfeld/NOLA.com The Times-Picayune via AP)

(David Grunfeld/NOLA.com The Times-Picayune via AP)

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints spent much of their first full day in West Virginia helping the community where they’re opening training camp recover from disastrous flooding.

Much of the Saints’ efforts were focused on a park where there are playing fields, public tennis and basketball courts, and a playground.

Right tackle Zach Strief says, “If any organization understands what it means to clean up from a natural disaster,” it’s the Saints, who played a significant role in helping New Orleans recover after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.

The Saints are in their third year holding training camp at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs.

Flooding in late June killed 23 people in West Virginia, including 15 in Greenbrier County, while damaging numerous structures.

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