Flood Victims Without Food Get Some Relief

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

June 29, 2012

Flood victims in Panacea were given some relief Friday. The Second Harvest of the Big Bend Food Bank and Radical Restoration Ministries were handing out food and supplies to all in need.

"We brought down 2,000 pounds of watermelons, we had over 800 almost 900 pounds of chicken, we had some disaster relief packs," said Jim Mortensen, who drove the food truck from Tallahassee to Panacea, Fl.

Sam Raulston picked up some much needed food and water. He gutted Debby out in nothing but a tent in his RV park.

"Lost everything, except my tent, didn't lose my tent. Lost everything else, my clothes and all that stuff," said Raulston.

Temperatures are expected in the triple digits so water is a much needed commodity. Tap water has been deemed safe, but some people would rather stick to bottles for now.

"I aint drinking the water here. I'd rather die of dehydration first. With all that sewage that was backed up and everything," said Raulston.

"I don't want to drink the water out of the tap.The water people say it's fine but I've been through this kind of stuff before and you just never know what's in that water," added Charles Weston, another flood victim.

Second Harvest and Radical Restoration are just happy to be there for the people who lost so much.

"We want to do all that we're able to to look beyond ourselves and to help others," said Radical Restoration Ministries director Dawn Knighton.

If you want to get involved, the Second Harvest of the Big Bend will gladly take donations of canned food, water, and cleaning supplies. They are located at 110 Four Points Way in Tallahassee.

Locally, the Radical Restoration Ministries will accept donations as well as the Wakulla County Sheriff's office.

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