Mudding crew helps out Marseilles

By Alyssa Donovan

April 29, 2013 Updated Apr 29, 2013 at 10:36 PM CDT

MARSEILLES, Ill.-- The road to recovery will be long in Marseilles, where the destruction left by the floodwaters has displaced families, damaged roads and condemned homes.

The Illinois Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief Mudding Crew is demolishing the damage so that homes and lives can be rebuilt.

Team Leader Ken Cummins said, “Basically it's a gut out, taking everything inside out below the water level. When we get done with that we power wash and sanitize everything."

Crew member Wayne Laechelt said, “It's ready to be completely redone when we leave here. They can put the drywall up and paint and everything else... They're ready to go."

The owner of this house on Wallace Street moved everything out before the flood.

But the insulation, cabinets, hardwood floors and drywall were a total loss below the flood level.

But not every house can be saved. The crew worked on this home for several hours before it was determined to be beyond repair.

Cummins says they don't wait to find out if a home is condemned, they simply show up... knock on doors and see who needs help.

Flood victim Hillari Burgess said, “They're working in the kitchen taking the cabinets out cleaning out the basement it was full of muck and just about everything down there was destroyed.”

Burgess is optimistic about the damage... Saying it's a chance for a fresh start.

The mudding crew is working on 3 homes right now and will be staying in Marseilles for several weeks.

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