Volunteers at Work in Flooded South Florida Communities

April 19, 2023 • United States
Waterlogged drywall is removed or becomes a severe health hazard in flooded homes as a place for mold to quickly spread.
Waterlogged drywall is removed or becomes a severe health hazard in flooded homes as a place for mold to quickly spread.

Teams are assisting Broward County communities after a catastrophic two feet of rain in 24 hours flooded streets and homes near Ft. Lauderdale.

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Samaritan’s Purse volunteers are hard at work in Broward County, Florida, where torrential rains flooded hundreds of homes near Ft. Lauderdale.

Volunteers started work this week in flooded parts of Broward County, Florida.

Volunteers started work this week in flooded parts of Broward County, Florida.

Samaritan’s Purse staff members and a U.S. Disaster Relief Unit–a tractor trailer filled with relief supplies and equipment–along with other disaster vehicles and equipment are positioned at our base of operations at our host church, First Baptist Church Fort Lauderdale on 416 NE First Street.

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Teams are helping homeowners in Jesus’ Name, assisting homeowners with cleaning out their homes. Volunteers will remove ruined walls and flooring, take out waterlogged belongings, and help salvage precious valuables not claimed by the floods.

Volunteers rip up waterlogged carpet and other flooring.

Volunteers rip up waterlogged carpet and other flooring.

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains are also going into communities to provide spiritual and emotional support to hurting residents.

The area was flooded in recent weeks after more than 2 feet of rainfall in 24 hours fell on south Florida, requiring evacuations and water rescues. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for the southeastern area of the Sunshine State.

Please pray for these suffering communities that God would comfort them with His presence and that many would come to know the hope of Jesus Christ in the midst of this crisis. Pray also for the volunteers and chaplains who will serve as the hands and feet of Jesus, pointing people to Him as they serve in His Name.

Note: This article was published on April 15 and updated April 18.

Samaritan's Purse is responding to flooded Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Samaritan’s Purse is responding to flooded Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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