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Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 11:59 AM.

“As you know may know, the flooding on July 4 damaged 90 homes in Washington County,” Sharpe said. “The United Way has formed a Long Term Recovery Effort committee, along with the United Methodist Community Disaster Relief, West Florida Baptist Association and Catholic Charities to help with repairs to these homes.”

Sharpe said the group, which is being chaired by Vernon Mayor Michelle Cook, has raised $10,000 so far and has opened an account with Capital City Bank.

“We expect the cost of repairs to be about $90,000, so we can use some help,” Sharpe said. People are invited to make donations to the relief fund and to volunteer to help with repairs.

He noted that two weeks ago, the committee and United Way delivered a tractor-trailer load of food to the Vernon Community Center for distribution to the affected families.

“There are still people who can’t get back into their homes without taking a boat,” Sharpe said.

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