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Volunteers rally to help rebuild community hit by flooding.

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Volunteers not only provided demolition services but also food and cleaning supplies Volunteers not only provided demolition services but also food and cleaning supplies
Brazar's first floor was wiped out when his house was under 10 feet of water Brazar's first floor was wiped out when his house was under 10 feet of water

By: SaMeia Robinson

People in the Midlands are beginning the long road to recovery after the historic floods hit South Carolina a few weeks ago. Organizations and volunteers around the state are reaching out to lend flood victims a helping hand.

Some neighborhoods were spared the flooding, but people in some areas experienced a total loss. Clifford Brazar's Downing Street house has been in his family for four generations. Brazar's house was under 10 feet of water after the dams broke in the Forest Acres area.

"We lost everything on the first floor," said Brazar, "Heirlooms of stuff that's been around since 1940s. Pictures and stuff that's been around since the 1920s, but you can't pay for the memories you lost."

Organizations such as AmeriCorps and Samaritan Purse have stepped in to help people begin rebuilding. AmeriCorps volunteers are removing dry wall and flooring at no charge. Teams from the Samaritan Purse are spraying for mold.

"In a time of disaster, there needs to be a sense of support because there is such a sense of loss and uncertainty of what to do," said Joe Lenhard, volunteer with Samaritan Purse. The support many home owners are grateful for during their time of need.

"They (volunteers) have been a blessing," said Brazar. "They have been here for the whole neighborhood. We've had strangers off the street that didn't know us from Adam, just bringing us things that we needed. Everyone has just stepped up."

Some organizations plan to be around for another week but others will stay around longer.

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