College Hunks Joins Relief Efforts Following South Carolina Flooding
As floodwaters receded after record-breaking rain, the College Hunks team in Charleston helped residents cope with the aftermath
As the rest of the nation watched in horror, more than two feet of rain deluged South Carolina on the weekend of Oct. 3-4, 2015. On the ground, the College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving junk removal and moving franchise team got to work.
“We contacted the local government and told them about the services we offer,” says owner Bradley Simmons. “Then we put up signs around town that offer a discount on services. We’ve been trying to get out there and help in any way that we can.”
No shortage of clientele
The team got customers right away — residents and businesses downtown who needed to clear out space after the water receded. “We get rid of their junk that has been trashed by the storm,” Bradley says. “People have lost their homes and all their belongings, and we want to do everything we can to help them clear out so they can assess the damage and move forward.”
More than a week later, the state remained in emergency mode. Water from upstream continued to make its way south, with rivers overflowing and more than 11 dams giving way under the pressure. The total damage, when all is said and done, will run into the billions of dollars. Meanwhile, more than 400,000 residents are under a boil-water advisory as the water supply is affected by stirred-up sediment and pollution.
Months, or years, to recover
The cleanup and clear-out process will be slow, because landfills were flooded. Charity operations that often accept what the College Hunks junk removal and moving franchise teams pick up were flooded, as well. But for now, Bradley and his team are working extra hours even as they deal with their own property issues.
“People here and all over lost their homes, their cars, just about everything,” Bradley says. “We can’t replace those items, but we can help them clear out the mess and put their lives back together. Our team suffered, too, but by helping other people we’re not just sitting around worrying about ourselves. It’s going to take the whole community pulling together to get through and past this, and College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving is going to be at the center of that effort. Our whole culture, which is about creating leaders and being a part of the community, is all about stepping up in times like this.”
There are many ways to help South Carolinians who are recovering from flood damage. College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving will be doing its part, and many local agencies, such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Way of the Midlands and the Coastal Carolina Community Foundation are accepting donations. If you are able, please support their efforts.
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