Volunteers help cleanup flooded homes in Socastee

SOCASTEE, SC (WBTW)-    The cleanup process has begun and volunteers from across the country are in Horry County to help.

A group known as God’s Pit Crew from Danville, Va delivered 500 buckets of supplies to Living Water Baptist Church. Those will be handed out to residents with flooded homes.

North Carolina Baptist Men’s and Women’s Disaster Relief also sent dozens of volunteers to help with damage assessments, as well as tearing out carpet and insulation.

News 13 tagged along with volunteers to Folly Road to pass out supplies. Many of the homes back up onto the Intracoastal Waterway and were flooded from the tide rising over the seawall.

Cynthia Chestnut spent Thursday trying to salvage any furniture she had left.

“Two weeks ago it was beautiful and sunny and we were riding on our boat down the river having a barbecue,” she said. “Now we’re like swamp people.”

Chestnut estimates about two inches of water filled the ground level of her home.

“It smells really bad, really sour and moldy,” she described.

Michael Bond with NC Baptist Men’s Relief helped pass out buckets in Chestnut’s neighborhood.

“You don’t want anything that’s been standing in water in your home because it’s going to make you sick,” said Bond.

According to Bond, two inches of water on the ground translates to four feet up the wall.

“If water touches that insulation, it acts like a wick in a candle and it just draws the water up. A lot of times you may not see it on the front side of the wall, but it’s inside the wall,” he said.

If you’re in need of recovery assistance call Baptist Disaster Relief at 919-946-2239.

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