UMCOR Responds to Midwest Floods
New York, NY, August 24, 2007—United Methodist Committee on Relief officials are offering aid to regions across the Midwest inundated by recent severe floods. The floods have destroyed bridges, damaged and destroyed homes and have left 22 people dead. Hundreds of people were forced to evacuate after rising flood waters swallowed their homes. Thousands more suffered damages and total loss of property.
“UMCOR is assessing the situation and is offering support to all affected areas,” said Rev. Sam W. Dixon, interim executive for UMCOR, the denomination’s disaster response and humanitarian aid agency within the General Board of Global Ministries.
Remnants of Tropical Storm Erin that struck Texas and Oklahoma severely affected several Midwest communities. The storm that drenched Ohio also caused deadly flooding in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, washing away thousands of homes. Powerful storms, strong winds and heavy rains washed out or closed hundreds of roads across Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio.
UMCOR’s preliminary response included an emergency grant to the Minnesota Annual Conference to support affected families in southeastern Minnesota. The agency is awaiting assessments from other conference disaster officials and will continue to provide financial and material support as assessments are made. But, UMCOR needs your help to replenish funds in the Domestic Disaster Advance. More than 28 domestic emergencies in 24 annual conferences since September 2006 have depleted available funds.
“We pray that United Methodists will continue to be generous in their giving during this storm season so that we can respond expediently,” said Rev. Dixon.
Donors wishing to contribute to the church’s ongoing ministry of disaster response and recover may mail a check payable to UMCOR, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY 10087 indicating Domestic Disaster Response—Midwest Floods, Advance #901670 on the memo line. One hundred percent of every donation to any appeal, including appeals for Midwest floods, goes to support the designated program.