Pamlico County church closer to rebuilding following donation - WNCT

Pamlico County church closer to rebuilding following donation

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BAYBORO, N.C. -

A Pamlico County church closed for the last year and a half is one step closer to re-opening.

Zion Hill United Church of Christ in Whortonsville received a donation of two thousand square feet of floor board on Monday from Garris Evans Lumber Company in New Bern.

The church has been closed since August 2011, when Hurricane Irene caused five feet of flooding, damaging most of the furniture inside.

"I am so happy that these people were able to get the flooring that they needed so desperately for this church," said Bettie Williams, who says she helped the church get the floor board donation.

Volunteer group NC Baptist Men put in new walls, but the church still needs new flooring, carpet, pews, and a pulpit.

The 20 or so church members have been going to services down the street at Saint Mark Freewill Baptist Church, but they say they want Zion Hill United Church of Christ rebuilt.

"There's no place like home," said Nellie Squires, wife of one of the church's deacons.

Pamlico County manager Tim Buck says in his experience, it takes three to five years for the county to fully recover from a hurricane.

The church has received $500 to $600 in cash donations so far, said Hank Williams, a retired contractor who helped build the church in the late 1960s. The church has also received 7 rolls of tarpaper, 3 pieces of carpet, 470 feet of base board, and some door trim.

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