Class or Cleanup? LMU tells students go to class or help flood victims

Published: Jun. 13, 2019 at 6:43 PM EDT
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"I think the rain came and just in a matter of a couple hours so they had no warning that it was coming or anything," said Lincoln Memorial University student and volunteer J.C. Justice.

Nearly one week after flooding in Campbell County has left everything that was inside a LaFollette apartment complex ruined in the parking lot.

"Families who didn't really have a lot to begin with and now everything that did have is pretty much gone," said Justice.

Soaking wet toys, clothes and furniture has been pulled from homes. Giant dumpsters took less than ten minutes to fill.

The Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief unit, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, the city of LaFollette, Campbell County and other volunteers across East Tennessee stepped in to lend a hand.

Lincoln Memorial University offered its physician's assistant students the option to go to class or clean up. More than 90 of them showed up to help.

"Kind of do they said demo day, kind of like you see on TV with people getting their houses re-done except these people didn't want to get their houses torn down. It's just really sad," said LMU student and volunteer Brianna Taylor.

The flooding seeped in homes before families had time to pack their belongings. Campbell County mayor's office tells WVLT boats were sent to rescue the people who lived in the apartments.

LaFollette mayor Michael Stanfield estimates damage to structures and streets to round out to more than 20 million dollars.

"I know these people. They've worked hard all their life trying to accumulate something and in one night a storm comes through and takes everything they've worked so hard for," he said. "So sad."

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