Disaster relief team arrives to help mud slide victims

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A command center is now dispatching help to homeowners desperate to dig out from weeks of flooding and mud slides.

The North Carolina Baptist Men Disaster Relief Team is set up at Midway Baptist Church in Columbus.

Site Commander Chatty Dodd said his first crews have finally been able to get out to homes, assess damage, and get to work removing trees and debris.

Dodd called the amount of mud “tremendous” and said it is still too “soupy” to move.

Once it is dry then his heavy equipment will be able to haul it curbside. Homeowners received relief Friday from the Governor’s office when NCDOT trucks were instructed to conduct curbside pickup for debris and dirt in designated disaster areas.

As of Friday evening, more than 50 people in Polk County had called the NC Baptist Men’s command center help line asking for assistance.

Dodd said first on the list will be the elderly and anyone with disabilities.

“The fact that we’re doing it for the love of Jesus just gets beside them. No charge. It’s free. It’s just from the heart,” said Dodd.

John Roach volunteered and is in town from First Baptist of Hendersonville.

“It’s a mess. This lady at the top of Vineyard had the whole side of the mountain slide off and come up against her house and three feet of mud into her house,” said Roach.

If you need help removing debris, large trees, and mud from your yard call the NC Baptist Men command center at Midway Baptist at (828) 817-2290.

A team will visit your home to conduct an initial assessment of need and decide if they have the resources and proper skills to do the work.

Anyone who would like to volunteer and join a relief crew can call the same number.

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