NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Despite a report that the Saints abandoned The Greenbrier in favor of their Metairie training facility due to torrential flooding in West Virginia, the team said it is still planning to hold camp at the resort and plan to help the community while they're there.
The team is scheduled to report to The Greenbrier on July 27. However, former vice president of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys, Gil Brandt, tweeted Monday morning that the team would move the start of training camp back to Metairie.
But according to the Saints, the team is not changing its plans.
"We have maintained contact with officials at the Greenbrier and our plans remain to conduct training camp starting on July 27," according to a release from the Saints. "We will continue to monitor the situation and look for ways that our team/organization can contribute in a positive way while we are there this summer. We will do this based on the direction of the local community and the Greenbrier, so that we are not adding to the burden of this difficult recovery.
At least 23 people have died due to the historic flooding, most of them in Greenbrier County.
The resort was scheduled to hold the PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic July 7-10. The tournament was canceled due to heavy damage to the golf course. Professional golfer Bubba Watson tweeted video from holes 18, 17 and one on June 23.
"Unfortunately, our community is very familiar with the loss of life and property these weather disasters can cause and we are working to assist those affected, where we can," the release reads. "It is evident that help and assistance is greatly needed across the state and in the immediacy we are working with the United Way to offer our assistance."
The Saints encourage anyone looking to provide assistance for those effected by the flooding in West Virginia to visit https://www.unitedwaygreenbrier.org.
The first open practice in Metairie is scheduled for Aug. 22.