NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – Just two short weeks ago a woman in North Charleston named Cathy Jefferson said she had no idea what to do after four feet of water flooded her Spruill Avenue home.
But tonight, Jefferson says she can smile again as disaster relief crews from North Carolina began repairs on her house earlier today.
Back on October 3rd, News 2 was there as flood waters filled Cathy Jefferson’s home on Spruill Avenue.
Jefferson explained, “My house is totally full of water. The floors are all damaged; the furniture is all wet; everything is gone!”
16 days later, News 2 went back to Jefferson’s house to check in on her recovery.
The waters have washed away, but the damage has already been done.
Jefferson explained, “Almost everything in the house had to be thrown away.”
Jefferson had over four feet of water throughout her house. “This house was basically the most disastrous house on the block because our street was blocked off for about five days and we couldn’t get back in,” said Jefferson.
But with help from FEMA, the American Red Cross, and a Christian disaster relief group, Jefferson says she will be back in her home soon enough.
“God is truly amazing and he’s working through these angels to help me out…I’m just happy again.”
On Monday morning, Jefferson says she got a call letting her know the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort Inc. would begin working on her home.
According to their website, the group responds to any major disaster in the continental U.S. and sends emergency supplies and help to anyone who needs it.
This year alone, they’ve donated over $2.8 million dollars to people like Cathy Jefferson.
“I got confirmation I was like, ‘Let’s do this! Let’s gut it all out!’ He called me this morning and he said, ‘I’ve got a crew willing to come in and help you.’ I was like, ‘Bring them on in! I’m so ready!’”
Jefferson says in just one day the crews from North Carolina have come into her home and almost gutted the entire floor.
“Everything is being redone. I’m just going to have a new house.”
If you or someone you know is in a similar situation as Cathy Jefferson, click here for FEMA’s Disaster Assistance programs.
We will continue to follow Cathy Jefferson’s story and her road to recovery in the coming days and weeks.