Washington County VA

Deadline to finish homes for flood victims approaching

Rebuilding flooded homes

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. - Volunteers have been working tirelessly to rebuild homes on Dry Creek Road in Washington County, Tennessee destroyed by flooding almost one year ago.

Their deadline to finish homes is quickly approaching. Repairs have also happened at a number of homes not damaged enough to replace.

'Welcome home' is a saying Keith Tipton has been waiting to hear. He's now living inside a new home built by Appalachia Service Project. "We've been dreaming for 20 years to try and get this home. But it's a pretty scary way to do it," said Tipton.

It's not hard to forget the destruction on Dry Creek Road caused by flooding on August 5, 2012. But good news wasn't far behind -- the Appalachia Service Project soon announced they would help rebuild.

Volunteers strapped on their tool belts and nail by nail, the healing began. "We figure there's about 2,000 volunteer hours in every home we built," said Walter Crouch with Appalachia Service Project.

Currently 16 homes are finished and 7 are still being built from the ground up.

We're told the self-imposed deadline to rebuild this community is the one year anniversary of the flood. "It doesn't matter [when it's finished] because I feel so blessed to get it," said flood victim Helen Story.

While a new home is peace of mind, for Story when a storm sweeps through it's still worrisome. "I guess we get a little scared each time that rain comes but the good Lord has watched over us," she said.

Appalachia Service Project is expecting at least 300 volunteers to help this summer to meet the deadline.

If you're interested in helping out you can visit their website by clicking here.

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