Harrisburg volunteers begin cleanup in Olive Branch

Harrisburg volunteers begin cleanup in Olive Branch

OLIVE BRANCH, IL (KFVS) - Folks in Olive Branch are cleaning up the mess left behind by the New Year Flood, and they're getting help from a volunteer group who knows first-hand about dealing with disaster.

Nearly two-dozen from Harrisburg First Baptist Church tackled their first couple of houses this week.

Organizer Joe Jackson said there is a list bearing 50 flood-related work orders in Olive Branch alone.

"Only eight or so are approved right now," Jackson said on Thursday. "Some are still being appraised and all that, but there's a lot of work to be done here."

Among the group was High School Student Donny Ray Hicks, whose home was damaged in 2012 by the Leap Day Tornado.

"Joe helped us out when the tornado came through Harrisburg, and I've been with him ever since," Hicks said. "I just wanted to give back to the people that helped me, and do what I can to help other people."

"We don't know where anything's at… it's probably out in the middle of the lake," said homeowner Betty Walden as she dug through the debris covering her front yard on Thursday, "but we'll do the best we can to retrieve and get back to our natural living."

Jackson said most of what volunteers have been doing so far is removing damaged carpet and drywall, while helping homeowners recover belongings from the wreckage.

If you're interested in helping out, contact Harrisburg First Baptist Church.

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