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By: Joy Warren

For the last week, Bladen County Emergency Management and volunteer firemen from White Oak and Ammon have been transporting residents in and out of a flooded area on Community Road in White Oak.  According to an engineer with FEMA, there is over 12 million gallons of water blocking the residents.  Large armored trucks are being used two to three times a day to take students to the bus stop and adults to the main road so they can catch a ride to their jobs.

Wednesday afternoon the Calvary (Rain For Rent) showed up with a pump and 1600 feet of hose to start the process of pumping the water out.  It is estimated to take 12 hours to pump out the nearly 4 feet of water. Another company, Macro (Broussard, LA) came with equipment and vehicles to assist.

Supplies and meals have been provided to the residents since the storm lead to their dilemma.  Donations from the Elizabethtown Disaster Relief Center were taken in this afternoon by members from Bethlehem United Methodist Church in White Oak.  Families expressed their gratitude for all that has been done for them since the storm.  They are glad they can get to work and the children even seemed excited that they could return to school.  The residents hope to be back to normal as soon as the water is out and the road drys out.