Helping Flood Victims in Kentucky

July 16, 2015 • United States
Elizabeth Christensen, at left, and her sister
Felicia Christensen are busy helping homeowners devastated by floods in Kentucky.
Elizabeth Christensen, at left, and her sister Felicia Christensen are busy helping homeowners devastated by floods in Kentucky.

Volunteers are needed to help families in need

Samaritan’s Purse is responding 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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Help flood victims in Kentucky

Dozens of our volunteers are now on the ground and helping homeowners with debris removal and mudouts. Our base is 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, 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.”

Among those we’ve assisted are 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 are offering spiritual hope along with physical help. Our team has so far reported nine salvations.

As of July 29, we had completed work orders on 30 homes. More than 265 volunteers have put in over 4,100 hours of service.

Please pray for those affected by the floods. Residents have witnessed how fragile life is and how quickly possessions can be destroyed. Pray that in this time of uncertainty people will come to know the One who never changes.

This article was updated on July 30, 2015.

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