Volunteers come together to help NC restaurant hit by flood


RAEFORD, N.C. (WNCN) — A restaurant flooded out by yesterday’s rain is struggling to reopen.

Today at The Mill restaurant the lot was full of cars and people. It looked like a regular business day.

But on closer inspection, the lot was covered in mud and the place was without power.

And the people were volunteers come to help the owner clean up.

“As we all showed up he came and gave us a big hug and thanked us for showing up,” said volunteer Gary Smith.

Owner Mike Alojein has a big job ahead of him. Water that was at least knee high inundated his restaurant that sits hard by Raeford’s Puppy Creek.

“I just hope we can continue being here,” he said. “I look at forward to opening up pretty soon. We’ll take it one day at a time.”

For many who came to the restaurant’s aid today, it was the natural thing to do.

“All of us consider this restaurant and tavern our Mill, so we want to do it we can to get an up and running as soon as possible,” said Mia Kelly, another volunteer.

For now, the owner is still assessing the damage.

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