1,000 church members join forces to help flood victims

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Congregants at Champion Forest Baptist Church gathered to help flood victims

More than 1,000 volunteers are expected to help in the cleanup following those historic floods.

The Champion Forest Baptist Church says 655 of those volunteers are expected to go to houses in the area for some pretty deep and extensive work.

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From pulling up water-damaged drywall to clean up mud from homes, these volunteers are doing God's work in northwest Houston

These volunteers are busy ripping up carpet, bringing down drywall and all of them have had training in the work they set out to perform free of charge to the community.

It's been a pretty busy morning at the church on Cypresswood, where volunteers rallied at 8:30am to help flood victims this weekend.

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Members of the Champion Forest Baptist Church were out in force helping flood victims this weekend

Lead Pastor Averru Lenalle says the church scrapped plans for their weekly Serve Saturday to meet the needs of flood victims.

"We really want to touch lives where it really matters," Lenalle says. "A lot of families have truly been impacted in ways that they couldn't predict. A lot of people have been displaced and others are trying to make sense of it all."

Senior Pastor David Flemming says more than 200 volunteer leaders were trained overnight to provide service to families in need.

"We'll just saturate the community and get out as far as we can get," Flemming says. "There are hundreds of homes and people that need help."

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Looking back at the flooding across the Houston area, and how you all stepped up to help your neighbors in need.

This week, even the faithful have found themselves in the midst of the storm both figuratively and literally, and yet they carry on with hope.

During the catastrophic flooding in the Cypress area, Eyewitness News introduced you to Reverend Jeffrey Willey, whose own Christ United Church was badly damaged by high water.

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A Cypress congregation works to rebuild after their historic church suffered devastating flood damage.

Teams of church members and Good Samaritans are working inside the church on Telge Road to remove saturated drywall and insulation. The devastated sanctuary of the church built in 1928 was relatively new, renovated less than two years ago.

"We're very proud to be part of this community," Willey said with tears in his eyes.

However, the damage is extensive. The doors are swollen and the carpets - though they stopped the water from rising - were ruined.

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If you would like to help the church, go to their GoFundMe page.
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