Originally created 12/04/01

Home repair project honored



NORTH AUGUSTA - Mary Bright and her associates set out three years ago determined to help the residents of Hamburg.

Mrs. Bright and a small band of concerned residents known as the North Augusta Community Association Inc. wanted to help rehabilitate homes in the city's Carsville area, located off East Buena Vista Avenue near Burnside Street.

Many residents of Carsville located there after the Savannah River flooded in 1929 and washed away the town of Hamburg.

Last month, more than $300,000 in repairs were finished to nine homes in the community. The community association completed the project with help from North Augusta's Housing Committee and the Lower Savannah Council of Governments, which obtained state funding for the project.

"Our main thrust is to do something to improve living conditions for the Carsville area and senior citizens," Mrs. Bright said Monday night at a North Augusta City Council meeting. Council members honored Mrs. Bright and others for repairing homes in Carsville.

Residents who received assistance are elderly and have low incomes. Each refurbished home received approximately $28,000 in assistance.

Emmaline Bush, 80, has lived at her home on East Buena Vista for 42 years. The rehabilitation program restored floors in the kitchen and dining room, and fixed her plumbing and electricity.

She said she couldn't have made the repairs herself.

"I appreciate what they did," she said. "It's improved everything a lot."

Nora Sanders of the Lower Savannah Council of Governments helped organize the campaign.

"Carsville is better off for having this project done," she said. "Hopefully in the near future, we'll get" other homes repaired.

Reach Josh Gelinas at (803) 279-6895 or josh.gelinas@augustachronicle.com.