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Volunteers helping assess homes hit by flooding

Posted at 4:09 PM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 18:22:57-04

SAND SPRINGS, OK (KJRH) — Neighbors coming back to their Sand Springs homes now have to deal with several feet of water damage. The damage can leave lasting impacts on homes, but volunteers are stepping in to see what needs to be done.

Most of what was in Town and Country neighborhood homes is now at the curb, but it’s not necessarily possessions. Mostly it’s drywall, insulation, and carpet from homes with several feet of water damage inside.

After floodwaters receded, several homes without flood insurance have sat soaking wet. That’s causing molding, and potential structure issues.

Some homes have floors sunk below the risers, some with soaking, moldy carpets, and some with so much water damage that the entire wall needs to be replaced.

For many families without flood insurance, volunteers are stepping in to help what will be a costly road ahead.

"If we don’t do this, [the homeowner] doesn’t have the money to do it," said Jeffrey Jones, a volunteer with Minuteman Disaster Response. "So that’s one of the reasons that we do what we do; we can come in and make an impact on the community.”

Volunteers like Dallas-based Minuteman Disaster Response is working with Tulsa County with homeowners without insurance. The group will do assessments on homes, then gut them out as needed.

Multiple volunteer groups are doing the same work - some with more than 100 houses on backlog. That’s why some families are doing the work themselves, but others have to wait.

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