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Charities Lending A Helping Hand To Help Washington County Residents Recover From Flooding

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"This is where the damage is," said Steven Atkins as he pointed to a huge hole in the ceiling above his bathroom.

It didn't take but two days of rain before his bathroom ceiling started caving in and a few more days for mold to start leaving it's mark.

Atkins has called this place home for the past 18 years and never experienced mother nature's wrath like this.

"Between Opal and this one, I think this last rain has been the worse," said Atkins. 

He's not alone. 74 homes have been impacted in some way, creating a need for assistance, especially when state and federal funds will most likely not be available to individuals.

"We have not been told no, but what we have been told is that a lot of our damage based on the state and federal criteria is considered minor," said Lynn Abel, the Public Safety Coordinator for Washington County. 

Emergency Management called upon two charities, the West Florida Baptist Organization and Local Ministerial Association to help. Meanwhile, .two more charities are stepping in.

They all met earlier Thursday to discuss how to best work together and provide the help so desperately needed.

Atkins is one of those in need of help. 

A volunteer with the West Florida Baptist Association put a tarp on his roof Thursday to keep water coming in from the ceiling. 

It's a temporary fix but one Atkins is extremely grateful for.

Abel says those who own a home and are without homeowner's insurance are potentially eligible for the charity's assistance.

The county's grant department also met earlier Thursday. Abel says there no funds currently but the department says there could be in the next two months. 

To report damage, call Washington County Emergency Management at (850) 638-6200.