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Charity thrift shop flooded during weekend rains

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Workers at a thrift shop which benefits the Good Samaritan Center were shocked to return to a wet dirty store following this weekend's rains.

Flash flooding damaged lots of merchandise at NUTS or Neat Used Things for Sale.

Surveillance cameras recorded the flood waters rushing into NUTS thrift shop around 7 p.m. Sunday. More than a foot and a half of water entered the store as heavy rains pounded the area.

"A lot of the things that would normally be on the shelves were all over the floor," said NUTS manager Melanie Hill.

The store is open Wednesday through Saturday so Hill didn't stumble upon the aftermath until she opened for business Wednesday morning.

"I thought someone had come in the store and vandalized the place and we had a break in or something like that, added Hill. "But as I kept looking around I was seeing grass, and I saw a clear distinctive water line."

Also left behind were thousands of dollars in damaged merchandise. The rushing water knocked items off the bottom shelves.

Mattresses, furniture, electronics, household items and more were underwater and floating down the aisles. Good Samaritan case worker Joanna King was taken aback by the water logged mess.

"I was almost in tears when I came down, said King. "I was surprised at how dirty everything is. The dirt that came off the streets."

King fears the businesses' insurance won't cover the flooding and hopes that clients who rely on them after fires and emergencies won't suffer.

"We believe a lot of the water came in off Mill Street, added Hill. "There's a lot of blockage in the drainage ditches out there and hopefully the city can see that and take care of that problem because we don't want this to keep happening."

Outside, a water line remains on the side of the building. Its rear faces Mill Street where the drainage ditch is filled with debris.

They believe flood waters entered through a fan in the back of the store.

Workers said NUTS thrift shop generates about $6,000.00 a month for the Good Samaritan Center. They are asking for volunteers to help them with cleanup.

To volunteer at NUTS or to make a donation log onto the Good Samaritan Center or call 601-355-6276.

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