UPDATE: Groups organizing relief effort to help Morgan County flood victims seeing success

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PRICEVILLE, Ala. - As people affected by Christmas Day flooding wait for help, some volunteers in Morgan County are mobilizing to answer the call. They have set up a hotline to answer calls and collect donations.

Some Morgan County residents have taken it upon themselves to get a relief effort started.  They've set up a Local Flood Hotline - (256) 274-1291.  People affected by flooding who live in Priceville, Somerville, Lacey's Spring, Valhermoso Springs, Cotaco, Eva, Union Hill or Joppa are encouraged to call the number.

Clothing donations

Volunteers sent us this picture of some of the clothing donations that have come in. They are very grateful -- and say they could now use non-perishable food donations, as well as cleaning and hygiene items.

The group has seen success already!  As of Wednesday, December 30, volunteers said they had received an abundance of clothing donations.  

They now ask for nonperishable food, toiletries, cleaning supplies and hygiene items.  

You can take items to 3 drop-off locations:

  1. Priceville - State Farm Agent Chris Humphries, 1853 N Bethel Road, Decatur, AL 35603
  2. Lacey's Spring area - Graves Grocery - 10034 Hwy 36 E, Lacey's Spring, AL 35754
  3. Somerville - Save More Family Market - 5276 AL-67, Somerville, AL 35670

Chris Humphries says there's a lot of need in the area, and they have a long way to go to help meet those needs.

"This is really just a grassroots effort," said Humphries.

Humphries and his wife came up with the idea after watching coverage of the floods over the weekend.  A lot of people in Morgan County have lost many of their belongings, some lost all.

Humphries says his group hopes the community will come through and help some of these families with donations of non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, and clean clothes.  The donations will be delivered where they are needed, quickly.

"We don't have to go through a lot of things, and go through a long process so we can immediately help out," he said.

This is neighbors helping neighbors, about as grassroots as it gets.  Please help by donating supplies, and please call the hotline to let volunteers know if you need help.  That number again is 256-274-1291.