Volunteers help clean-up process in Sun River

Posted at 1:03 PM, Jun 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-25 15:03:58-04

Dozens of volunteers came together to help the community of Sun River start the flooding recovery process on Saturday.

Mormon Helping Hands visited houses around the town to help clean up flood damage.

They picked up debris in people’s yard, out of their homes, and swept out mud and muck from lower levels.

“People want to help those that are in need and when a disaster hits like that, we’re grateful that it didn’t hit our homes, but we feel sorry for the people and sympathetic, but we want to lend a hand and that’s what our country’s about, helping one another,” said Chuck Watson, a coordinator.

Dorothy Opheim’s family was one of those helped. She’s lived in her home for over 50 years and raised six children, who now have their own families. Her home is gutted after relentless waters swept through.

“We got all new carpets in 2011, and new flooring in the kitchen and now it’s all gone and we’ll do it again,” said Opheim.

For the third time, she’s starting over from scratch, but not without her community.

“It’s sad, but what can you do? I’ve got a lot of help, a lot of people helping. I can sit here and cry, but it wouldn’t do anything good, so you just do what you have to do.”

She knows she can overcome obstacles with a community that’s more like family.

“We’ve got good neighbors and people that are helping that I don’t even know their names, but they’re right here to help you. I don’t know what I would do without it, but you just have to keep going because it’ll get better.

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