In the aftermath of historic flooding caused by Hurricane Florence in the eastern Carolinas, CBF Disaster Response personnel, leaders from CBF North Carolina and CBF South Carolina and local CBF churches have been assessing the damage.
One location that CBF is engaging is Trenton, N.C. This multi-racial rural community of 300 experienced severe flooding with more than 90 percent of homes, businesses and churches damaged.
Columbus County, in southeastern NC, is an under-resourced county that was still recovering from Hurricane Matthew (2016) when Hurricane Florence sent devastation throughout the county. Along with numerous swamps, the Lumber, Waccamaw and Cape Fear Rivers overflowed, flooding hundreds of homes.
Conway, S.C., was also impacted with reports of 1,000 homes having been inundated. Some of these residences were also damaged by Hurricane Mathew in 2017.
CBF invites teams of volunteers to register to assist with the recovery in Trenton, Columbus and Conway. The long-term recovery work in all sites will initially involve cleaning out homes and other property as well as the removal of drywall, flooring and other water-damaged materials.
Recovery efforts in all locations are being carried out in partnership with CBF North Carolina and CBF South Carolina with local churches providing lodging for volunteer teams. The host church for the Columbus County, NC effort is First Baptist, Whiteville.
For anyone interested in volunteering in Trenton, Columbus or Conway, complete the volunteer application form below:
*Note: This form must be completed to serve with CBF Disaster Response