Week Two In Laurel

Friday, April 8, 2022

We said goodbye to Suzanne Saturday morning and took over as leaders for the Laurel team.  We greeted team members Saturday and Sunday with our team meeting Sunday afternoon.   Monday we began another week of work on homes damaged by the December 2019 and April 2020 tornadoes that hit Laurel, MS. We had a team of 12 NOMADS who were hard workers and so much fun.  We had one couple, Deb and Dave who were on their first project. We hope they enjoyed themselves as much as we enjoyed getting to know them.   The rest of the team, Jim and Dee, Sandy and Steve, Stel and Jodi, and Anne and Dale are all experienced NOMADS.  The hardest work for us as leaders was to keep work and supplies lined up for them all and then just stand back and watch them get the work done.  Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday we had Sandy, Steve, Anne and Dale at the Todd house working to replace/repair oak flooring that was water damaged.  They also had to replace subflooring.  What a huge job that was completed Thursday, and it looks great!  While there they also removed a lot of brick from the exterior that will be replaced with siding next week.

The rest of the team continued the work at the Henry house that lost its roof to the tornado, so of course there was also lots of water damage.  There, the team worked on trim, doors, replacing broken windows, caulking and painting Monday thru Wednesday.

Thursday Gumby visited and all the team but Steve and Sandy, who completed the work at the Todd house, were tasked with inspecting and making punch list last minute repairs/touch ups on six homes that have been completed and were having their open house today. Max and Anne mainly ran between the houses and the supply houses picking up necessary supplies so we didn’t get to take many pictures.

A lot of the various teams and individuals who have worked on the houses attended the celebrations today including some of the Mennonite Disaster Team members from Indiana.  What a special time it is when the homeowners take possession of their new homes.  We are so blessed to have been a tiny part of all the people and agencies working in Laurel.

The evenings this week were not dull either. On Monday, Jennifer from Laurel First UMC fed us again. This week it was a delicious shrimp boil with some crawfish added for those who had never eaten them before.

And on Tuesday morning we had our weekly tornado warning.

We had to say goodbye today to Sandy and Steve and Deb and Dave.  Safe travels and we will see you down the road.  Hope everyone gets some rest this weekend.

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