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Flood victim uses job to help others

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by Danielle Wagner

SHELL ROCK (KWWL) --  Between the tornado, the floods and our slowing economy, more eastern Iowans are feeling overwhelmed and many are seeking help.

The health departments of Linn, Johnson and Black Hawk counties have all seen an increase in demand for mental health services because of this spring's historic disasters.

We caught up with one woman who spends her days helping people with their problems who needed a little help herself this spring and summer.

Sabrina Caudill is a substance abuse counselor with Pathways Behavioral Services. In June, more than two feet of water filled her Shell Rock home.

Looking from the outside, the Caudill's Shell Rock house appears fine. But the inside tells another story. The kitchen is bare. The living room is filled with boxes and odds and ends.

"It was devastating. Very devastating," said Sabrina Caudill.

After going through the flooding herself... she understands why depression and substance abuse might be on the rise in eastern Iowa.

"What a better way to reduce stress as to have a beer or several beers or their drug of choice to go back to. So it's very devastating, and I want to help them in anyway I can," said Caudill.

Because of her loss, Caudill is actually better able to serve her clients. She passes on information and help she receives.

"One of the gentlemen whose in the drug court program came into me. They were living in Grandma's house and they were pretty devastated. Due to the fact Grandma wasn't living there it was going to be hard for them to get any help from FEMA so I gave him a lot of the information we've received," said Caudill.

The Caudill family stayed in a motel for ten weeks, but are back in their home. Now, they're waiting for more financial assistance Hopefully from the "Jumpstart" program.

"The amount we got from FEMA, which was very helpful, and the Red Cross just doesn't fix up a house you have to totally gut," she said.

Knowing first hand what it's like to need a little help, Sabrina Caudill hopes anyone who needs help... asks.

If you need help, you can call Pathways Behavioral Services at 319-235-6571.

Online Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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