Samaritan's Purse helps Andrews' locals bounce back post-flood

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ANDREWS, SC (WCSC) - "Black River is a long river but it's not a big river," James White said, adding it's also not a deep river.

After so much rain in October, plus overflow from strained mid-state damns, the river's levels rose unlike anything White had ever seen.

"It rose til we got 30 inches of water in the house," White said, "and I think the water was there for a week."

White's mother's home next door couldn't be saved. His house was also majorly damaged by the floodwaters.

"Everything four foot down had to be gutted out," White said. "It's taken forever to dry out enough to put it back together again."

International Christian relief agency Samaritan's Purse, based in North Carolina, continues helping Andrews' locals like White. They were on site to assist residents with recovery and cleanup and have returned to help with the repair and rebuild phase.

"Because of Governor Haley's request, Samaritan's Purse has come in to do a seamless transition," Brent Graybeal, manager of U.S. recovery and development for Samaritan's Purse, said.

Volunteers from across the U.S. are on site in Andrews, helping install floors and insulation as well as paint and repair
appliances and more. Work is done at no charge to homeowners.

"It gives us an opportunity to come into a hurting community and provide two types of support," Braybeal said. "Both the physical help as well as the spiritual. It allows us to come into and just listen to the concerns that they have and be that moral support as well."
The group plans to be in the area for up to a year, focusing on about 32 repair projects and four new builds for those who lost everything. The rebuild phase will start in the New Year, according to Samaritan's Purse representatives.

White said he doesn't know where he'd be without the organization's help.

"They were a blessing," White said. "I had no idea how I was going to get this done."

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