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Efforts underway to help Nelson woman whose home flooded last week


This home in Nelson flooded after rains in mid April.

By Ralph O. Dennis
Contributing writer
     The community has and is still rallying around Jeanne Reynolds whose Nelson house was flooded with the rains of April 19th. She has had to live in a motel room since then. This is uncomfortable for her and her family. The citizens and support groups of this area are helping though.

    Global Restorations immediately after hearing of her plight went to work. They had their dehumidifiers and blowers in place the next day. As of this writing, the house is dry on the inside but does have a musty smell. A local construction company has offered to replace the floor for her. The plywood and flooring cover is still needed. Another local company with storage units has offered to let her use a small unit to store her belongings.
    The Community Thrift store has pledged help in replacing  furniture and items that have been ruined. The American Red Cross, Pickens Sheriff’s Foundation and St. Vincent De Paul have all come to her aid and are still helping. The Senior Center in Pickens is involved. They are helping find donors and are going to assist with Meals on Wheels.
    Reynolds’ motel rooms are paid for through Wednesday thanks to local groups. It is highly unlikely that she will be back in the house before then, so she will still need assistance in that area. And she needs meals. She will be changing motels to one that has a kitchenette but will still be limited in what she will be able to cook.
    The Pickens County Progress has teamed with E. W. Hightower Lodge #679 F&AM of Nelson to hold a fund raiser to help her. The fund raiser will not be until May 30. It will be a pancake breakfast at FATZ from 8-10 a.m. All proceeds will go to the repair of her house.
    Mrs. Reynolds said the city of Nelson has cleaned one storm drain across the street from her house. This drain actually allows water to run under the street and down through her yard to the branch behind her house, which is what overflowed causing the initial problem.
    Nelson council members have discussed the storm water issues in town and have advertised to hire a civil engineer to study the problem. See article Page 6A.
    For anyone that would like to make a contribution- please make your check payable to E.W. Hightower Lodge #679 with the notation of Reynolds Relief on it. Checks can be mailed to the Lodge at P.O. Box 73, Nelson, GA 30151 or dropped off at the offices of the Pickens County Progress on Main Street. A Facebook group, Jeanne Reynolds Relief, is also open. You can also contact us at 770-737-4380 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .