Baptist disaster relief team returns from NY
by Elane Jones
Dec 23, 2012 | 1783 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sam Carroll, a member of the Walker Baptist Association Disaster Cleanup and Recovery Team, took this photo during the team’s week long stay in Staten Island, New York. This vehicle was left hanging over the edge of this wall by Superstorm Sandy. Photo Special to the Eagle
Sam Carroll, a member of the Walker Baptist Association Disaster Cleanup and Recovery Team, took this photo during the team’s week long stay in Staten Island, New York. This vehicle was left hanging over the edge of this wall by Superstorm Sandy. Photo Special to the Eagle
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Volunteers with the Walker County Baptist Association Disaster Cleanup and Recovery Team returned from Staten Island, N.Y, earlier this month safely, but with sad memories and wishing they could have done more to help victims of Superstorm Sandy.

“We headed up there to lend a helping hand, and we received a blessing ourselves,” WBA Disaster Cleanup and Recovery Team member Sam Carroll said. “We met some very wonderful people who are going through some really tough times because of Superstorm Sandy.”

Carroll said the team also included Don Eaton, Shelia Eaton, Dray Williams and Roger O’Shields.

During their stay on Staten Island, the team not only cut up the trees, which had fallen on people’s property, and cleared away debris, they also helped spray homes for the mold and mildew left behind by the flooding caused by the massive storm.

“One gentleman we spoke with said the weather folks should have issued a tsunami warning instead of a hurricane warning, because it (Sandy) was more like a tsunami than a hurricane,” Carroll said. “He said the wind wasn’t too bad. It was all the water that was pushed ashore by the storm that caused all the damage.”

Carroll said team members lost count of the number of homes they saw that had been washed off their foundations by the incoming water, and the homes that had been damaged by the flooding left behind by the storm.

In fact, Carroll said the team saw one house that had floated off its foundation and had reportedly been turned 180 degrees before being sat down again in the middle of a road.

“We saw a number of strang things there were left behind by Superstorm Sandy, but I think that was the strangest for me,” Carroll said. “The house was sitting right smack dabb in the middle of the road, just like you had built it there, and it appeared there was very little damage done to the house. Unfortunately, they’ll probably have to tear it down to get it out of the road.”

The WBA Disaster Cleanup and Recovery team went to Staten Island earlier this month and stayed at the New Dorp Moravian Church for a week before returning home.

“The folks at the church where we stayed and used as our base while we’re on Staten Island were so warm and inviting,” Carroll said. “All the folks were nice. We’d drive down the street and folks would wave and shout as we passed by, and several folks just came up to us and said thank you for coming.”

Carroll said a number of the folks the WBA Disaster Cleanup/Recovery Team helped during their stay on Staten Island said it was the first of any type of disaster help they had seen or even received in the weeks since Sandy hit.

“It was a really sad situation. We’d have a work order to go to one house and while we were there, two or three of the neighbors would come over and asks if we could help them,” Carroll said. “We’d say sure and go over to see what they needed done, because that’s what we do. We were there to help no matter where or what help was needed.”

The Walker Baptist Association’s Disaster Cleanup and Recovery Team operates disaster cleanup and recovery efforts through donations from the local community.

If you would like to help them continue helping those affected by disasters, such as Superstorm Sandy, monetary donations can be sent to the WBA Disaster Cleanup/Recovery Team in care of the Walker Baptist Association, 212 N. Walston Bridge Road, Jasper, AL 35503.