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United Way of Santa Rosa asking volunteers to help out in Gulf Breeze

A week since a flood devastated hundreds of homes, now many flood victims are beginning to clean up.
The United Way of Santa Rosa County is mobilizing volunteers to some of the hardest hit areas, mainly in Gulf Breeze.

This is the volunteer center at the Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church on Fairpoint.

This is where people are answering calls, trying to help flood victims.
But what they really need are volunteers to help with clean up.

Hundreds of homes in Gulf Breeze suffered major damage from the flood.    

Frances Stringfellow had 18 inches water inside her home.
Now, it's time to sort through everything and see what's salvageable.

"As long as I can stay busy I'm okay. But if I stop and think about it, it's difficult."

It takes a lot of manpower to do something like this.
Several Marines came out to help, lifting heavy furniture and cleaning the home.

It's something Stringfellow could have never done by herself.
"They came in and took over like a ball of fire. I've never seen guys move so quickly."

The United Way of Santa Rosa County has set up a volunteer center at the Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church.

They're mostly sending groups of volunteers to help people remove personal belongings that were damaged in the flood.
"The magnitude of need has almost doubled.... 600 requests for service."

There's a high percentage of people needing help in Gulf Breeze.
Most are elderly or disabled, and can't remove everything on their own.

United Way is urging volunteers to step forward.
"There's no reason to wait anymore.... now we just need the volunteers to come in."

If you would like to volunteer, call 490-4706.

If you're in need of help, call 490-7399.

The volunteer center is open Monday through Friday, from 7am. to 4pm.