It took only about seven hours to find nearly 1,000 volunteers from more than 40 LDS congregations between Sugar Hill and Cartersville.
Cleanup efforts were focused on several neighborhoods in a three-mile zone surrounding Sweet Water Creek, one of the areas most affected by last week's torrential rains.
"I live close by in Kennesaw and was upset when I got a few inches of water in my basement. Coming here, seeing the devastation and talking to people who have lost everything is pretty humbling," said one of the volunteers who helped organize the event.
Hundreds of area residents, many without insurance, still face the daunting task of removing destroyed possessions and sanitizing their homes to remove mold damage. With county resources already over-extended, shocked residents are doing what they can with few resources.