Samaritan’s Purse Responding to Historic Flooding in Metro Detroit

July 7, 2021 • United States

A Disaster Relief Unit has been deployed to Michigan. Hundreds of homeowners are struggling there after heavy rainfall led to swamped homes.

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Metro Detroit is recovering from one of its wettest months on record and its heaviest single-day rainfall in nearly a century. Torrential thunderstorms swept through the area over two days last month bringing historic levels of flooding to the region.

Seven inches of rain drenched Detroit and surrounding Wayne County in late June causing widespread damage. Water gushed into hundreds of homes, and swamped streets and freeways, turning them into rivers. Power was knocked out for 40,000 residents, and the sewer system was overloaded, causing a nasty soup of water and sewage to swirl through some basements.

Samaritan’s Purse U.S. Disaster Relief Unit #1—a tractor-trailer filled with relief supplies and equipment—departed today (July 7) from North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, headed for the Metro Detroit area. Our North American Ministries staff is working closely with local officials, emergency management, and church partners to coordinate the relief effort.

Volunteers are urgently needed to help homeowners begin to recover from the devastation and let them know that God has not forgotten them. Work starts tomorrow (July 8) from our host church: Fairlane Alliance Church at 905 Mason Street in Dearborn. For more information, see

Please pray for residents in the greater Detroit area who have been hit hard by these storms. Also pray for our staff and volunteers as we minister to those who are hurting in Jesus’ Name.

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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