Volunteers come to Norman family’s rescue after storms

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NORMAN, Okla. -- The clean up from our state's storms continues. One Norman couple said they didn't know where to turn after the storm tore off their roof and dumped buckets of water inside their home.

But strangely enough, it was a call from Tennessee that connected them with a large volunteer group here in Oklahoma.

Wendy Jenkins' mother coordinates volunteers for a large Baptist church in Tennessee.

She contacted the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma with her daughter's problem and got them help right away.

Wendy and Kendall Jenkins actually rode out the storm in their truck.

They got caught right in the path.

"It was whipping my truck all over the road. We couldn't even hardly get back here safely," Kendall said.

They did manage to make it back to their home near Anderson Rd. and S.E. 179th to find a new feature in the back part of the house.

"We had a waterfall in there," Kendall said.

"We walked in and it was raining in our back," Wendy said.

The storm had peeled off the roof and water was pouring inside.

"I run and put buckets everywhere," Wendy said.

"Grab as many buckets as we could to catch all the rain from destroying everything," Kendall said.

"We had a good two days worth of solid flooding inside our house," he said.

The Jenkins didn't have the means to fix the problem themselves and have no insurance.

Hundreds of miles away, Wendy's mom knew exactly who to call.

"My mother calls me and says, 'Guess what? The church people are coming out. They've got tarps for your roof.' I was like, 'Really? That's so awesome,'" Wendy said.

Trained volunteers with the Baptist General Convention came and tarped the Jenkins' roof.

"We have 5,000 volunteers in Oklahoma just like those two guys that roofed that house," Sam Porter said, the State Director of Baptist Disaster Relief.

Baptist volunteers have been devoting time to Norman and Woodward over the past week.

The Jenkins know their problem was small compared to others but were so grateful for the help.

"I'm still grateful they came out for something so small. Because it is small. But to us, it's big," Wendy said.

Volunteers with the Baptist General Convention are often just like first responders in disasters like our recent storms.

Seven of their chaplains spent several nights at hospitals with storm victims.

The Jenkins said the tarp should get them by until they can have the roof replaced.

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