N.C.-Based Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief Teams and Volunteers Help Colo. Flood Victims
Volunteers with Relief Group Remove Mud and Debris to Help People Save Homes
Disaster relief teams with the North Carolina-based Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse have arrived in Boulder County, Colorado, where recent storms have caused deadly flooding and taken a terrible toll on survivors whose homes have been damaged or destroyed.
As search and rescue efforts come to an end and floodwaters recede, Samaritan's Purse volunteers teams are on the ground helping homeowners with cleanup efforts including removing mud and debris; taking out damaged flooring, sheetrock and insulation; and treating homes for mold and other possible contaminants. Chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's Rapid Response Team are working alongside Samaritan's Purse disaster staff to minister to flood victims and their families.
"This is the second significant natural disaster the residents of Colorado have faced this year, and the damage has been devastating," said Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham. "Our hearts go out to those who have lost their loved ones, their homes and their livelihoods. Our team on the ground will be helping the flood victims with cleanup and letting them know that God is with them in their time of need."
Shortly after the flooding began last week, Samaritan's Purse deployed disaster relief experts who began coordinating with local emergency officials and churches to assess the damage. A specially equipped Samaritan's Purse Disaster Relief Unit arrived in the Boulder area Monday night. The tractor-trailer, stocked with tools, supplies and equipment will serve as the team's command center, and be based at Rocky Mountain Christian Church, Niwot Campus (9447 Niwot Rd., Niwot, CO 80503).
Earlier this year, Samaritan's Purse disaster relief teams responded to the Black Forest fire that damaged more than 500 homes in Colorado Springs. The organization also assisted fire victims following the 2012 fires in Estes Park and Colorado Springs.
- On-site interviews with Samaritan’s Purse U.S. disaster relief experts
- In-person interviews with volunteers who are helping homeowners with cleanup
- On-site media contact in Colorado is Karina Petersen, 828.773.4666
Homeowners needing help are encouraged to visit the Samaritan's Purse disaster relief unit (9447 Niwot Rd., Niwot, CO 80503) or call 303.301.7997. To volunteer with Samaritan's Purse, go to spvolunteernetwork.org. Donations to help flood victims can be made at samaritanspurse.org.
Samaritan's Purse is an international Christian relief and evangelism organization that has helped more than 27,000 families in 31 U.S. states following fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and ice storms.