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Volunteers help rebuild Calvary Chapel in Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Dozens of volunteers have stepped up to help rebuild Calvary Chapel in Santa Barbara after a devastating storm. 

The rainstorm at the beginning of January completely flooded the place of worship for so many in the community. Cell phone video showed a room with a Noah Ark playset filled with at least two and half feet of water. 

Tommy Schneider, Senior Pastor at Calvary Chapel, said it warmed his heart to find 50 people ready to help the morning of the storm to help clean up. Schneider says at least 50 people from the community have showed up every day since the storm to help in the rebuilding efforts. The pastor adds about a mile of drywall had to be replaced. 

"The main thing is every inch of the flooring needs to be redone. So, it's carpeting and paneling, wood flooring, all of the drywall in the building," said Schneider. 

Pastor Schneider says a lot of the rebuilding has been done in just a short amount of time. 

"I am overwhelmed by how fast at how fast this is all going. Everyday, it seems like, how did we get that much done? It has truly felt miraculous!"

Sunday morning service has been at the Arlington Theatre since the storm, but the pastor hopes to be back in the chapel on North Calle Cesar Chavez by Feb. 5. 

"I think it's beautiful to see faith in action, people believing and serving and loving because they want to make a difference in their community," said Schneider. 

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