Flooding Response Completed in Kentucky

August 3, 2015 • United States

Final work orders were closed on August 1.

Samaritan’s Purse responded after severe storms produced flash floods that caused widespread devastation in Johnson County, Kentucky. The floods destroyed about 150 houses and damaged several hundred more.

Our 280 volunteers and staff completed work orders on 46 homes, helping families with debris removal and mudouts. Volunteers logged more than 5,400 hours of service. Our base was located at Tom’s Creek Free Will Baptist Church in Nippa, Kentucky.

Belinda Christensen, from Michigan, is volunteering for the first time with Samaritan's Purse and loves it. "You make the best of every situation, and you go out and do it," she said of our Kentucky response. "The work is hard. There is no doubt about it, but what a joy.”

Belinda Christensen, from Michigan, volunteered with Samaritan’s Purse in Kentucky. “You make the best of every situation, and you go out and do it,” she said. “The work is hard. There is no doubt about it, but what a joy.”

Among those we assisted were homeowners Paul and Connie Conley. Connie said that she and her husband did not leave their house during the storms but watched the creek rise and floodwaters fill their basement.

“It was terrible. And really, really scary,” Connie said.

Our crews cleared damaged items from their basement, identified items that could be salvaged, and did a complete mudout.

“Thank you for coming to help us,” Connie said. “I’m not able, and I don’t know what I would have done without you.”

Working in conjunction with chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, we offered spiritual hope along with physical help. Our team praises God for 11 salvations reported during our response.

Please keep praying for residents of Johnson County, Kentucky, as they continue to recover.

U.S. Disaster Relief Samaritan's Purse mobilizes and equips thousands of disaster relief volunteers to provide emergency aid to U.S. victims of wildfires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. In the aftermath of major storms, we often stay behind to rebuild houses for people with nowhere else to turn for help.

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