Northwest Georgia Flood Aid to Central Avenue Baptist Church

Families across the region are leaning on each other as the long cleanup process begins.

SUMMERVILLE, Georgia — After what has been a difficult 48 hours for residents of northwest Georgia, community members are coming together to help each other after flooding ravaged the area.

To Central Avenue Baptist Church in Trion, about 90 miles northwest of Atlanta, cars began lining up hours before a freebie of water and food.

Families across the region are leaning on each other as the long cleanup process begins.

The area that experienced the most flooding was Chattooga County. Radar says they saw about 12.6 inches of rain over a 24-hour period from late Saturday night through daytime Sunday.

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Pastor Brandon Bishop of Central Avenue Baptist was moved when he spoke with 11Alive’s Tracey Amick-Peer on Monday.

“The response we’ve seen is people coming together across the community. It’s really heartwarming to see people from out of state, from churches in Walker County, in Floyd County, in County of Murray…all around, regroup,” he said, holding back tears.

He said people were bringing water paddles to them, including the Georgia State Patrol, before the event, which had been quickly organized hours before.

He added that members of the community who are also affected by the floods were themselves at the church, helping others.

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“It shows the love of Christ. That’s what we want to do. We want to give him all the glory and honor for that. It’s not possible without him working through so many people,” said Bishop.

He said everyone was there to do it with a smile on their face. The church said it would continue to help as long as needed.

Bishop said they needed hygiene items and water, knowing that the area could lack drinking water for several days.

“It’s a great response and I appreciate everyone coming together, showing people the love of Christ – because that’s what we want to do.”

He said they might be devastated when they arrive, but they will leave with a smile on their face.

If you are interested in contributing, you can contact the churchthe American Red Cross or the Salvation Army.