Local nonprofits Rebuild Together after October's historic flood

Published: Dec. 31, 2015 at 12:32 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 10, 2016 at 11:00 AM EST
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Two Midlands nonprofits have been hard at work this week beginning to rebuild and remodel almost a dozen homes affected by October's flood.
Betty Shelton's house is one of the homes being repaired during the three-day Rebuild Together event.  It's a partnership between the St. Bernard Project and Home Works, funded by large donations from United Way of the Midlands and Mungo Homes.
What's causing so much damage in Betty's house, like many others, is the mold. Betty's garage flooded, causing the water to work its way upwards into the main floor of her house.
"When we first got here there was mold on every piece of furniture, on her TV, on all of her books, it's crawling up the floors, on the walls and on the ceiling. We recognize that it's a very sincere health risk, so she was able to get her kids out of the house, but we wanted to get her out of the house and start working on the house," said Michela Schildts with the St. Bernard Project.
While the event lasts three days, Schildts says the construction and remediation will be ongoing for about two months, if funding keeps coming in.

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