Triad Church Helping Flood Victims Long Term

Triad Church Helping Storm Victims Long-Term

NORTH CAROLINA -- Friday marks two weeks since Hurricane Matthew ravaged parts of eastern North Carolina.

The heavy rain caused several feet of flooding in places like Fayetteville, Lumberton, and Kinston.

Strong winds knocked dozens of trees down causing widespread power outages to more than 1 million people.

Cars, businesses, and houses were destroyed and in some places, are still under water.

It's a mess that could take weeks, months, or even years to clean up.

It’s times like these when volunteers are needed the most.

Thousands of people across the country and in the Triad are donating their time to help people affected by Hurricane Matthew.

First Baptist Church of Stanleyville has a team of volunteers on its Disaster Relief Team who travel the country helping people in need.

They've responded to natural disasters all over the U.S. and sometimes overseas.

But right now, they're focusing their attention on the Tarheel state.

Edsel Carter, Director of the Disaster Relief Team says they're planning on sending volunteers back and forth for more than one full year to help people in need!

“It's going to be a long term deal,” said Carter. “We will probably be sending groups even into the middle of next year. There is a lot of damage down there. People need a lot of help. We are gearing up to get as many groups as we can down there."

Right now, the disaster relief team is helping flood victims in Fayetteville.

But they're not alone.

There are dozens of churches from all across the country in Eastern North Carolina right now.

They're all part of the NC Baptists on a Mission program.

First Baptist Church of Stanleyville has 8 team members down there.

In a week or so, they'll come home and the church will send another group down.

Carter says it might take weeks, months, or even years.

But they'll continue that cycle for as long as it takes to get everything cleaned up and get the storm victims back on their feet.

“If they need somebody to talk to, we talk to them. If they need somebody to patch a hole in their roof, we do that. If they need some trees moved off of their house, we do that,” said Carter. “Sometimes they just want to talk to you. They lost everything and just want somebody to help them out in any way that we can. We're here to help out anyway we can.”

You might remember seeing this church on WFMY News 2 before.

Last year, they got robbed.

Someone broke in to the trailer in the church's parking lot and stole some of their disaster relief items.

They took everything except for a box of bibles!

After our story aired, the community donated money and supplies to help them out.

Now, they have a brand new, bigger trailer and 21 team members ready to help wherever they’re needed.

For more information about the First Baptist Church of Stanleyville and their Disaster Relief Team, visit their Facebook page.

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