Samaritan’s Purse Responding to Flooding in Michigan and Tornado in Texas

May 24, 2020 • United States
Samaritan's Purse is responding in central Michigan after catastrophic flooding impacted thousands of residents.
Samaritan's Purse is responding in central Michigan after catastrophic flooding impacted thousands of residents.

Volunteers are working in Midland County, Michigan, where residents are reeling in the wake of catastrophic flooding after two dams failed. We have also deployed to Bowie, Texas, where a tornado hit on May 22.

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Samaritan’s Purse has volunteers and staff working on the ground in central Michigan, in Midland County, where heavy rains and the failure of two dams caused a 500-year flood event. One of our Disaster Relief Units—a tractor trailer loaded with relief supplies and equipment—has been deployed and is stationed at our church base, Calvary Baptist Church in the city of Midland.

HELP HOMEOWNERS IN MIDLAND COUNTY, MICHIGAN (DAY VOLUNTEERS ONLY)

On May 19, the Tittabawassee River crested at more than 34 feet—10 feet above flood level—after nearly 5 inches of rain fell across the area in a 48-hour period. More than 10,000 residents had to be evacuated in Midland County (total population: 83,000), and thousands of homes were affected by the widespread flood.

Our volunteers are serving in Jesus’ Name, helping these hurting homeowners remove waterlogged walls and flooring, clear debris, and salvage precious belongings. All staff and volunteers will work within guidelines established by local and federal government to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Measures include wearing masks and gloves and practicing social distancing. Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains are also deploying alongside us.

Tornado Response in Texas

We have also deployed staff and a Disaster Relief Unit to Bowie, Texas, where an EF-1 tornado hit on Friday, May 22, damaging many homes. Volunteers began helping homeowners starting Sunday, and the deployment is expected to end Wednesday. Our base of operations is Calvary Baptist Church in Bowie.

This response originated from our Southwest Ministry Center in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

HELP HOMEOWNERS IN BOWIE, TEXAS (DAY VOLUNTEERS ONLY)

Please pray for these many families and communities in Michigan and in Texas as they begin to pick up the pieces of their lives. Pray they would receive and cling to the true hope found in Jesus Christ.

This article was originally published on May 22 and has been updated through May 24.

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