Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief Teams Working to Help Victims of Devastating Flooding in Colorado
Disaster Relief Unit Arrives in Boulder Area to Join Staff Already On the Ground
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 flash flooding and affected parts of a 4,500-square-mile area, almost the size of Connecticut. More than 1,000 residents have been stranded, including some search and rescue crews, and over 19,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged.
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).
"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 clean up and letting them know that God is with them in their time of need."
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. Once search and rescue efforts have ceased and floodwaters have receded, Samaritan's Purse volunteers will help 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. Volunteers will play a crucial role in this response in meeting the needs of those affected by the disastrous floods.
Earlier this year, Samaritan's Purse disaster relief teams responded to the Black Forest fire that damaged over 500 homes in Colorado Springs. The organization also assisted fire victims following the 2012 fires in Estes Park and Colorado Springs.
- Interviews on Skype, phone or in person with Samaritan's Purse U.S. disaster relief experts
- 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). 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.