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Volunteers help 98-year-old fix flooded house


Many people have gutted their homes after the flood.

But for some-- the physical labor is impossible.

We've heard many stories come from the flood damage. Many of us can clean up our own homes, but for 98-year-old Eloise Strange she's depending on volunteers.

Eloise Strange is a spit fire. She drives, lives alone, takes care of herself, and says now she's seen it all. Around two feet of flood water entered her home. Eloise says she was listening to music last Tuesday night when she heard a gurgling noise. 

"The water was coming from the garage into the dining area. Thats was the gurgling and it just kept on gurgling," Eloise said.

She climbed onto her couch and rode the storm our alone.

 "It was bad. I've been through a lot of hurricanes in my life, but never anything like this."

The next day she realized how bad the damage was to her home. But  at her age pulling carpet up and cutting out dry wall really isn't an option. So her home sat wet until volunteers came across her nearly five days later. They came inside and cleared out all her saturated belongings. Many things were ruined and are now stacked inside her garage.

"It's wet inside. The furniture is wet and I don't know what to do about it."

But that's not the worst part for Eloise.

"I'm not getting very much sleep. I'm awake a lot."

She is grateful for the volunteers kindness.  And all though things seem to be falling down around her, she's still counting her blessings.

"God has blessed me. He has blessed me. He has blessed me to let me be here. I could've gotten electrocuted stepping off the couch into water."

Eloise has made contact with FEMA and is hoping that they can come in and help out.