Volunteers swarm High Point after storm
    March 30 2010 by Norman Jameson, BR Editor

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    Buddy Bernard of Life Community Church handles the chainsaw while Bill Burch of Rose of Sharon hauls limbs during a cleanup in High Point.

    Chain saw and cleanup teams from as far as Wilmington eased into High Point Monday following two tornadoes in Davidson County and one in nearby Guilford County that severely damaged dozens of homes and left hundreds of trees on the ground.

    Meteorologists upgraded the March 28 tornado that hit High Point to F3, with top winds of 139 miles per hour.

    North Carolina Baptist Men’s disaster relief site coordinator John Gore, from Thomasville, said Tuesday morning they’ve accepted 40 jobs, with other requests continuing to arrive at the coordination site at Oak View Baptist Church. Twenty-eight volunteers showed up Monday. Gore expected 45 volunteers on Tuesday and 60 Wednesday.

    Given enough volunteers, he expected to finish the jobs by the end of the week.

    As in any severe storm, amazing stories of survival and rescue emerge. Gore, a member of Greenwood Baptist Church, said one mobile home was lifted with the residents inside and dropped into a carp pond on Sink Lake Road. When the house disintegrated the family swam out to safety.

    Volunteers are being housed overnight at Green Street Baptist Church. First Baptist Church set up in the parking lot of Community Bible Church — across the street from a heavily damaged neighborhood — to serve meals.

    BR photo by Norman Jameson

    Adam Smith, member of Green Street Baptist Church and director of High Point University's Campus Crusade for Christ, clears limbs in a yard that lost 25 trees.


    Joanna Souza, who lost 25 trees in her back yard, was grateful for the Baptist Men’s work at her house. “They just worked and worked and worked,” said Souza, who was huddled during the storm at a neighbor’s house. “They’re phenomenal.”

    Souza, a member of First Methodist Church in High Point, said the Baptist Men’s response will make her “think twice” the next time her church asks for volunteers, and she will plan to join them.

    Jamie Caulder, getting ready to pitch in to get a dozen trees out of his yard as three chain saws, a skid loader and limb draggers were at work, said he felt lucky compared to some other homes in his neighborhood. He had a hole in his roof, quickly covered with blue tarp of the kind that colored the rooflines of several High Point neighborhoods.

    Adam Smith, a member of Green Street Baptist Church and Campus Crusade for Christ director at High Point University, was lugging limbs with a student and hoped to bring more over to help during the week.

    Volunteer Bill Burch of Rose of Sharon Baptist Church in Durham lugged limbs and was glad to see the skid loader arrive. “God called us to go out and help do things,” he said. “This is one way I can contribute.”


    BR photo by Norman Jameson

    Site director John Gore, member of Greenwood Baptist Church in Thomasville, visits with homeowner Jamie Caulder while volunteers removed a dozen fallen trees from his yard.



    3/30/2010 8:01:00 AM by Norman Jameson, BR Editor | with 0 comments




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