Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Mamie Fludd’s roof is caving in – and a local leader is asking for the community’s help to fix it.
Several months ago, Moncks Corner community activist Willie Powell made a plan to repaint the house of Fludd – but realized her roof needed to be replaced first. Powell knows this is a daunting project but he said it is possible with community support. He’s been working on the project for two months.
There is a Mamie Fludd fund set up at the local True Value store, according to Powell. The fund is all set to replace Fludd’s roof, but first Powell said he is searching for carpenters who would be willing to donate a day of their time to remove the damaged roof.
“The hardest part about this job is tearing the roof off,” Powell said.
Fludd, 78, has lived in Moncks Corner since she was a little girl at the age of 6. The roof of her West End Drive home is caving in.
Until Friday, tree branches canopied over the roof, contributing to the problem. On Friday a crew from Brad’s Tree Service cleared those branches. Berkeley Church of Christ paid for the limbs to be cut from above the roof.
“It’s been years since I’ve seen the top of my house,” Fludd said.
The tree limbs caused a lot of damage to the roof and didn’t allow for much breathing room.
“I initially came here to paint a senior citizen’s house,” Powell said. “But the roof was caving in. I couldn’t paint the house with a roof like that. I told her I would get it fixed. It’s a major job. I told her I would make this happen.”
“I’m real proud of what they’re doing to help me,” Fludd said. “Thanks to Willie ‘Buck’ Powell . . . without his help I’d never get nothing done.
“This project needed to be worked on a long time. No one seemed interested until he came to give help. I thank the good Lord for everything everybody is doing to help. God has always been my helper.”