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God’s Pit Crew to the rescue

God’s Pit Crew, a crisis response team, located in Danville, has spent the past several days in Charlotte County cutting trees and cleaning up the aftermath of the Valentine’s weekend ice storm that left thousands without power.

More than a week after the ice storm, many residents were still without power and relying heavily on each other and organizations such as God’s Pit Crew for help.

Chris Chiles, immediate response coordinator with God’s Pit Crew, was in Charlotte Court House Wednesday, Feb. 17.

“The damage here is widespread,” Chiles said. “We’ve been working here for two days …. There’s a lot of hurting families. There are trees down everywhere.”

In a Facebook video post, Chiles said that he and his crew removed a tree that had fallen on a 90-year-old woman’s home Wednesday, Feb. 17.

“She said the water was just pouring into her house. She doesn’t have to worry about that anymore,” Chiles said. “She was just praising the Lord when we left.”

Gary and Trish Morton, Charlotte Court House residents, received helped from God’s Pit Crew in clearing trees from their property.

“What a wonderful blessing having God’s Pit Crew helping out,” Trish Morton said.

“Upon leaving, they used a chain saw and carved a cross from a beautiful Bradford Pear tree that the ice storm had damaged. What a wonderful gesture that warmed our hearts.”

Later on Wednesday afternoon, the crew was fed a hot meal at Grace Community Church.