Baptist group volunteers to help residents with demolition

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 11:31 AM.

VERNON — Mayor Michelle Cook informed City Council members that the city sustained $2.1 million in damages during the Fourth of July weekend flooding, and officials are hoping the region will be able to meet the $26 million requirement for FEMA assistance.

“The West Florida Baptist Association disaster team is canvassing for folks who need help with damage to their homes,” Cook said. The disaster team, in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention, has volunteers available to help with demolition of damaged structures.

“They don’t do any construction, but they can help demolish things, so if people need help getting rid of damaged structures they will assist them,” the mayor said.

The West Florida Baptist Association Disaster Relief Unit may be contacted at 638-0182.

The city also has to decide where to collect the debris from the flood damage, Cook said.

“We’ve had people calling asking if they could put stuff in the dumpster here at City Hall where they’re working on our roof,” she said. The county is no longer under a state of emergency, she said, and Waste Management would not pick up residential debris such as wet carpets or damaged lumber.

“Maybe we should talk to Waste Management and see if there is something they can do,” Councilman Tray Hawkins said.

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