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Disaster center opens to flood victims

July 13, 2005

Sylvester-  It's hard for Carolyn McCullough to watch as nearly all the possessions in her South Jefferson street home are stacked into a huge pile of trash.

The three feet of water that filled her home may be gone, but remnants of the floodwaters are hard to miss. Still, McCullough says she has a lot to be thankful for.

"I've had stores and everybody just coming and helping me out. You just don't know the kind of help that comes in. A blessing comes through, and a blessing goes out," she says.

Now, she is hoping relief agencies will pick up, and help out when her family, friends and co-workers cannot.

"Try to help us restore the things that we lost, and just to help us get some things that we need, household items, or just something to help us clean up," says McCullough.

That's exactly what the American Red Cross provided to victims like McCullough at the temporary disaster relief center in the Sylvester Fire Department. The organization handed out cleaning and comfort kits to victims.

"Just someting to get them back going, something of their own if they lost everything. This is kind of their first possessions if they lost everything," says Ken Adams of the American Red Cross.

The Red Cross will be in Sylveser for several days, but has closed the emergency shelter set up at Worth County High School.

"Most of the people have relatives or family they can go with and as of this morning the shelter was closed, and hopefully their needs will be taken care of by their family members," says Adams.

Representatives from Public Health and DFACS have also set up information stations, and city officials say additional agencies may head to the area over the next few days.

No matter how long it takes to rebound from the flood, McCullough is encouraging all victims to have faith.

"Just hold your head up and just pray because help is on the way," says McCullough. 

Governor Sonny Perdue has asked the Small Business Administration to make low-interest loans available to people in Worth and Colquitt Counties. Representatives from the S.B.A. will be in Sylvester Thursday assessing the damage.

The disaster services center will be open from 7 AM to 7 PM through July 24th.

Donations for Worth County flood victims are being collected at the old Snipes IGA building on North Main Street in Sylvester.

The Donated Good Center is in need of the following:

1. Mosquito Repellant
2. Commercially Canned Foods
3. Bottled Water
4. Baby Formula
5. Baby Diapers (All Sizes)
6. Personal Hygiene Products
7. Non-perishable Foods
8. Leather Gloves
9. Cleaning Supplies (Bleach, Mops, Brooms, Buckets, etc.)
10. Plastic Goods (Cups, Forks, Knives, and Spoons)
11. Paper Goods (Plates, Napkins, Paper Towels, Toilet Tissue)
12.Disposable Gloves (Rubber or Latex)
13.Trash Bags (All Sizes)

Family Visions Outreach Inc. is also collecting and donating food, personal items, and clothing to victims. Family Visions is located at 601 North Monroe Street in Sylvester. If you need assistance be sure to bring identification or a driver's license with you. The food bank will be open from 9 AM to 6 PM all week.

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