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Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief Volunteers Continue Storm Damage Clean Up

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The head of the Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief said they have already cleaned up 276 homes from flooding and have many more to go. The head of the Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief said they have already cleaned up 276 homes from flooding and have many more to go.
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No doubt this Spring was a rough one for many Oklahomans and many are still recovering. The head of the Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief said they have already cleaned up 276 homes from flooding and have many more to go.

On Wednesday, volunteers were tearing down the roof and shoveling insulation at a home in Noble. When the rain started pouring down last month, it backed up gutters in the house forcing the rain into the owner's ceiling. And it flowed down her driveway and into her home.

The homeowner's good friend Stacy Jones was there to witness the aftermath.

“You don't even know where to start; you just want to walk away. It's just overwhelming,” said Jones.

These are the types of situations volunteers with Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief have been walking into.

“There are literally hundreds of homes just like this one,” said Sam Porter the State Director of the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.

The group became experts in this type of work when they spent 18 months following Hurricane Katrina cleaning out homes in the 8th and 9th ward.

“Never thinking we would use it in Oklahoma much,” said Porter.

But they have and this year, the group made a how-to video to help others clean up their own properties.

“If you don't get the mold, mold will grow even when it's dry and it will overtake your house,” said Porter.

But even after the rain is gone, the group is still working and currently has 60 pending requests for help.

Now, they need help too.

“There are times in the past we would only take people who had gone through our specialized training,” said Porter. But with the dire circumstances that's no longer the case. “We will give them a brief training.”

Porter said they are currently wrapping up their efforts in the metro and have now moved down to Lake Texoma. For information on how you can volunteer with Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief go to http://www.okdisasterhelp.org/.

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