BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP, SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – While many people had the day off from work or school, Labor Day still saw many people laboring.
Its now been three weeks since flash flooding destroyed homes across northeastern Pennsylvania and for victims there is still a long road to recovery.
Groups from across the country are now in the northern tier helping out.
They are roughly 1,500 miles from home but on Labor Day Monday, volunteers from northeast Texas were helping to clean out a family’s flooded basement in northeast Pennsylvania.
On Beebe Hollow Road outside of Montrose, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Volunteers were hard at work.
“Our only goal is to show the love of Christ. He said, if you walk by someone in need and don’t try to help them, you blew it. I’m paraphrasing,” Larry White with the Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief said.
Many of the volunteers consider this a calling.
They don’t mind hard work and getting dirty.
“It’s enjoyable. I mean, it’s not only getting to help people but you’re going to work with some really good guys, men and women and that’s always enjoyable!” volunteer Bruce Slaven said.
The group comes with its own trailer which is filled with any type of equipment members might need.
Since they arrived on Friday, this group from Texas has already helped out seven flood victims.
There are also groups from Florida and South Carolina helping out homeowners in Susquehanna County right now.
“Most of them have a hard time believing that we came all the way from Texas just to help them,” Slaven said.
Even on a holiday, the clean-up has to go on.
“If I’m going to drive 1,500 miles, I’m not going to stop for Labor Day. I’ll labor!” White said.
The volunteers are all staying at the Montrose Bible Conference this week.
Most are expected to spend the entire week helping flood victims in Susquehanna County.