BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — With so much destruction in Bladen County from Saturday’s severe storms and tornadoes, there’s a lot to clean up.
Approximately 20 to 25 homes in Bladen County have been completely destroyed and another 100 have been damaged. Bladen County Emergency Services says it’s going to cost several million dollars in repairs.
FEMA and the state are in Bladen County assessing the damage. For the time being, the county is providing a place for all debris at the solid waste center on Mercer Mill Road.
Right now, all of the clean-up is being done by volunteers.
“It’s just friends helping neighbors,” said Wesley Sasser, a deacon at the Elizabethtown Baptist Church. “Everybody is reaching out to one another and participating.”
The Elizabethtown Baptist Church alone had 300 volunteers Sunday and 200 come out Monday.
“It is tremendous,” said Sasser. “It’s like night and day. I arrived here around 5:30 here Saturday afternoon and it was like a disaster zone. I mean it was just debris and rubble everywhere and our church and volunteers in the community have done a great job of cleaning this place up.”
But even with everything getting cleaned up, there is a lot that needs to be sorted out. There are still many people without a place to live.
“There are probably about 15 to 20 families that are going to have to find a new home,” Bladen County Emergency Services Director Bradley Kinlaw said.
Kinlaw says most of the people have been taken in by family and friends, but says he’s still waiting on the state or federal government to hear about short-term housing for the victims.