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Flood relief supplies stolen

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When disaster struck in Stewart County and rain washed out dozens of homes and businesses, the volunteers and donations poured in.

Many of those donations are now missing and the reasons why have victims, volunteers and emergency responders downright disturbed.

"Of course everything will still have to be scrubbed down," said Gerald Hill, whose Carlisle home was destroyed by the flood. 

The flood victims of Stewart County still have a lot of work to do.

"I mean, you can't imagine. This was total chaos, and mud, well, the whole house," said Hill. 

The Church of Christ Disaster Relief Effort rushed to the rescue. Volunteers showed up quickly, willing to work and to donate $50,000 worth of supplies.

"They've been wonderful. They've cleaned up, did laundry and brought food," said Hill. 

County officials came back for more supplies.

"And we opened the door, and we found an empty building," said Clint Mathis, the director of emergency management.   

Mathis said someone or some group came in the middle of the night and stole it all.

"We had probably 20 food boxes, a pallet of bleach, a pallet of water, numerous other cleaning supplies and cleanup kits," said Mathis.

"There's people in that community that lost everything but their lives, and this was a relief effort to help them get back on their feet, and for someone to just come in here and take things, that's pretty disheartening," said Mathis.

The supplies they took weren't worth much, about $1,500.

"And the bad thing is, if someone needed it all they had to do was ask," said Mathis. 

The Church of Christ was kind enough to come back and donate even more. The stolen supplies and the thieves that took them are still unaccounted for. 

"I don't think you get much lower," said Hill. 

"It's shameful. It's certainly not something we take kindly to, and if we find you, you're going to be probably prosecuted," said Mathis. 

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