Local churches aid Louisiana flood victims
Published 12:11 pm Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Jefferson Davis, Covington and Simpson County churches were represented in a 30-member Disaster relief team sent out from the Covington-Jefferson Davis Baptist Association to Zachary, LA Saturday.
Members from Salem Baptist, Union South Baptist, Mt. Olive Baptist, Dublin Baptist, Whitesand Baptist, and New Bethlehem Baptist of Simpson Co. carried a trailer load of supplies to the First Baptist Church of Zachary Disaster Relief Coordination Center and received assignments breaking down into two “mud-out” teams and a cooking team.
They were assigned to Baker, LA, an area hard hit by the recent flooding.
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The “mud-out” teams moved out furniture and removed wet sheetrock and insulation gutting the interiors (called “mud-out”) so they could be treated for health threatening mold while the cooking team served around 170 plates of hamburgers and hot dogs to volunteers and flood victims in the community.
“It was so sad to see the mountains of ruined property piled over head high beside the roads knowing these things are what some people had worked a lifetime to accumulate,” stated cooking team member Sherry Lee.
Baker resident Mark Hernandez and Bro. Charles Burnham delivered meals to several homes in the area where homeowners were desperately trying, between their jobs and little sleep, to do the work themselves.
Burnham stated though their property had been devastated most of the homeowners in this area remained with a positive attitude.
“The amount of work that still needs to be done is overwhelming,” stated Covington-Jeff Davis Baptist Association Director Tommy Broom. “We plan to take another team Saturday so if anyone would like to join us there will be plenty of work to do.”
Contact the Covington-Jeff Davis Baptist Association office at 601-765-4689 for more information.