GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Hundreds of people spent their Saturday helping to clean up the flood damage left behind in Greenville from Hurricane Matthew.
It was all part of a community-wide initiative started by city leaders to lend a helping hand to those in need.
“We all remember after Floyd in 1999, there were areas in this city that looked like time had forgotten, and we didn’t want that to be the message after Hurricane Matthew,” said Mayor Allen Thomas.
Volunteers were broken up in about 9 different areas north and south of the Tar River Saturday. Home owners were very grateful for the help.
Moses Perez, the Pastor at Iglesia Pentecostal Unida, said many members of his congregation had to live in shelters following the floods.
He said it was important to get out and help.
“A lot of our church members are out here trying to clean up some other houses first,” he said. “I asked them if they could put their own damages on hold so we could unite as a group.”
More than 800 homes in Greenville could have at least some flood damage following the storm.