Samaritan's Purse Volunteers at Work in Flood-Weary California

January 27, 2023 • United States

U.S. Disaster Relief volunteer teams are helping homeowners clean up after deadly floods struck hundreds of homes in Merced County.

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Volunteers are serving homeowners in Jesus’ Name in Merced County, California, where at least 1,600 people were displaced by floodwaters after weeks of rain and the swelling of nearby Bear Creek and tributaries.

Numerous land and mud slides throughout the area have damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes and resulted in at least 20 deaths.

On Jan. 22, Samaritan’s Purse deployed a Disaster Relief Unit–a tractor trailer packed with relief supplies and equipment–from our West Coast Ministry Center.


Volunteers are cleaning out flooded homes in Merced County, California.

Volunteers are cleaning out flooded homes in Merced County, California.

We have been working with local emergency management and the leadership of local churches to determine needs.

Volunteers will work out of our base of operations at our host church, Gateway Community Church, 353 E Donna Drive, in Merced, California

Volunteers are busy clearing the mud out of flooded homes and removing debris and valuables, along with ruined walls and flooring. Billy Graham chaplains will also be working in the community, providing emotional care and spiritual support to these suffering residents.

Please pray for these hurting homeowners and for our teams as they seek to minister to them in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This story was published Jan. 22, with updates through Jan. 27.

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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