Local business, schools collect supplies to send to Columbia, SC

Search and rescue teams in South Carolina say there’s a desperate need to get clean drinking water to people impacted by historic flooding.

State officials say 15 people have died because of the flooding in South Carolina.

Several dams have burst because of the water. People in Columbia are being told to boil their water before they use it.

Here in the Tri-Cities, people are working to provide some relief.

Darrell Turbyfill owns Highlander BBQ in Roan Mountain.

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Together with the help of his pastor and the entire Roan Mountain community, they raised more than $800 Tuesday morning in just a matter of hours.

We found Turbyfill at the Sam’s Club store in Johnson City Tuesday afternoon getting ready to send thousands of bottles of water to Columbia.

“It’s just the people you see on television, if you watch the TV you should feel the same way, that is the way I look at it. I think a lot more people should be helping. I hope a lot of people does help us,” said Turbyfill.

We also spoke with Brandon Young, a school counselor at Cloudland Elementary School who says us as of Wednesday morning all Carter County schools are going to work on gathering supplies to take to Columbia.

Young said they will be taking another load of water, mops, brooms, and other supplies down to South Carolina next Tuesday.

Once the supplies reach Columbia, a church mission group in that area will work to distribute them to those in need.

Anyone who wants to donate water or supplies to send to South Carolina can drop it off at Highlander BBQ or Cloudland Elementary School.

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