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Efforts underway to help families affected by Homewood flooding

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HOMEWOOD, AL - Clean up is underway after flash flooding on Monday left people at one apartment complex homeless.

Heavy rain caused flooding at the Lakeshore Garden Apartments in Homewood. About 120 people had to be rescued by boat.

Tuesday afternoon, residents living  on the second floor of the complex were able to return, however he building is still without power.

A large portion of the people affected by the flood were children.

80 students from the Homewood City Schools were living at the Lakeshore Garden Apartments. Administrators and Teachers were heartbroken to see their students experience such a disaster.

"They were our children that we saw having to be rescued by boat or that were cold or that were in need. So that very much I think spoke to all of our hearts," said Abbie Freeman, principal at Hall Kent Elementary.

Hall Kent Elementary had 40 students impacted by the flood.

When faculty and staff at the school heard about what happened, they immediately got to work. In less than a day, they raised more than $1,100 to help meet the needs of the students.

"We have a community here and a family and our children and their families are very important to us and not just at Hall Kent but in all of our schools in Homewood." Freeman expressed.

Homewood City Schools is asking anyone who wants to help to for Walmart or Target gift cards. The gift cards can be taken to Hall Kent Elementary, as well as Homewood Middle and Homewood High School. From there, school administrators and counselors will work with the affected families to help meet their needs. 
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