After Chuck and Pat Gleichmann returned to their home in Ormond Beach on Sept. 14, they found that Hurricane Irma had caused the Halifax River to overflow into their yard and home — leaving about a food of water behind.
“It was just enough to destroy everything,” Chuck said, who’s lived on John Anderson Drive for 10 years.
But some of their neighbors, Cindy Dalecki and her son, Tyler Dalecki, knew Salty Church in Ormond Beach had volunteers ready to lend a hand.
“They’re a godsend,” Pat said about the volunteers. “We wouldn’t be able to do this without them.”
Salty Church Pastor Robbie O’Brien said church members have been volunteering at dozens of houses throughout Ormond Beach to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which they also did during Hurricane Matthew in Oct. 2016. He said it’s important for Christians to give back to those who need help.
“It’s what we’re supposed to do,” O’Brien said. “Going to church every Sunday is good for you, but it doesn’t do anything for the community.”
While Hurricane Matthew didn’t cause much damage for the Gleichmanns, Hurricane Irma will likely have them cleaning for weeks.