“We helped as many as we could,” Willis said. He doesn’t really know how much bottled water and food he delivered. “I just know when we left the back of the truck was full and when we came back it was empty.”
“It’s going to take a while to recover,” he said.
McBride’s church also received 8 to 10 inches of floodwater in its fellowship hall.
The North Carolina Conference disaster relief teams are still assessing damage and some of the rivers have not crested, said Ann Huffman, disaster response coordinator.
Hardest-hit areas are in Windsor, Lumberton and Goldberg. Derek Leek, director of communication for the conference, said the flooding was not as bad on the coast as in those areas by rivers.
“There are multiple people out of their homes, and the major concern is where will they go,” Huffman said. The high school has been the major shelter, but it needs to reopen soon so classes can resume.
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The Rev. Bruce Willis walks through flooded Deerfield neighborhood in South Mills. Photo by Angie Willis, courtesy of McBride United Methodist Church.[/caption]
“Our churches fared amazingly well,” said LaNita Battles, the conference’s director of Ministry Protection. “None of the churches appear to have damage which makes them uninhabitable. My rough estimate of damage thus far is $500,000 to $700,000.”
Six of the 12 districts in the
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A volunteer team from Sun City Center United Methodist Church, Brevard County, North Carolina, work on repairing a door. Photo courtesy of Sun City Center United Methodist Church[/caption]