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Local church gives three cars to a family affected by Louisiana flood

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RINGGOLD, GA (WRCB) -

Long after most people forgot about this summer's Louisiana flood, families there are still hurting. Many people throughout the nations have helped in flood victims recover, including one local church who had a surprise of a lifetimes for one family.

During Sunday's service, Pastor Shane Craven preached, "do for one what you wish to do for everyone." That "one" for his congregation, the Origin Church in Ringgold, was the Vickery family.

Craven's message used the Vickery family as an example, as they survived the Louisiana floodwaters, but they lost a lot.

Floods are nothing new to Todd Vickery, who visits family in the Tennessee Valley often.

"We get rain all the time it's Louisiana. I mean it can be sunshine one minute and the next minute the bottoms fall out so we didn't think nothing of it," Vickery said.

But this year's flood was different; one he was not expecting.

"Sunday morning comes, I wake up and it's perfect. An hour later, it starts rising. It starts rising an inch per hour and we're realizing we're gonna have to get out," Vickery said.

The family of four and thousands of others were evacuated by boat, leaving behind his wife's childhood motor home and three of their cars under water.

The family's home was paid off.

"When I saw it going under it was really surreal, because like dad said the water had never come up that high, ever," Vanessa Vickery said, daughter. "We marked off one spot where the computer modules and stuff are, so if it hits the line then the car is gone, but if it stays behind that line then we can save the car."

Vickery said he was able to get the fourth car on higher ground, avoiding any damage.

Having only one car everyday needs quickly grew difficult. It was also hard for his daughter Vanessa, who depended on her car to drive to and from college in Texas.

But thanks to Pastor Craven and other church members the Vickery family has three new rides to take back home to Livingston, Louisiana.

A gift the Vickery family says they are grateful for, and one pastor Craven says makes everyone feel good.

"It just makes me feel like I know they're all feeling, they can't contain the emotion," Craven said. "Our hope is that this is half the pie of making them whole with three vehicles, so they now have to go to step two and figure out how to replace their mobile home."

The Vickery family only had liability insurance on the cars lost by the flood. FEMA granted the family about $9,000.

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