Western United States Flooding
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is responding to the Western United States flooding, where heavy rain over recent days has caused severe flooding in Colorado and adjacent states. The rare flooding has destroyed or damaged more than 17,500 homes and 1,000 businesses. The government has declared the Colorado flooding a major disaster, and mandatory evacuations have been ordered in several communities.
Residents of affected areas need your prayers and financial support in these critical hours and days.
Twenty-three shelters, including the Highland Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center near Estes Park, Colorado, are housing thousands of families displaced by the flooding. News reports as of September 17 indicated eight people dead and 580 people unaccounted for. At least one person died from flooding in New Mexico, and an unknown number of New Mexico residents were forced to evacuate after flood waters broke through dams and inundated neighborhoods.
PDA is there with spiritual support and caregivers who understand and are trained for the unique challenges of those going through disaster. PDA works directly with mid councils to ensure we’re meeting the needs of the community.
250 Gift of the Heart cleanup buckets have been sent to Longmont, Colorado, to help those returning home as they begin the daunting task of cleanup.
Now is also the time when PDA begins coordinating volunteer teams. These teams are vital and make rebuilding possible for those most in need. In the weeks, months, and years that follow, PDA will remain—helping with the long-term recovery even when others have moved on to the next disaster or story.
Will your congregation stand in the GAP (Give/Act/Pray) to help communities recover from this devastating disaster?
What You Can Do
Give. Financial gifts are always needed in disaster situations. We ask that you prayerfully consider giving online. Individuals may also give through your local Presbyterian congregation or by mailing a check to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700. Please designate your gift for DR000015 – Western U.S. Flooding. You can also text “PDA” to 20222 to donate $10.
- Gift of the Heart cleanup buckets are often needed following flooding situations, and hygiene kits are often used when people are in shelters. Help ensure that the buckets and kits will be available when needed. Learn how to assemble and ship the kits.
- Volunteer work teams will be needed to help with cleanup and rebuilding. Contact the PDA Call Center at (866) 732-6121 or by email to let us know of your team’s interest, skills, and availability. You can then be contacted when volunteer hosting sites are open and in need of volunteers.
Pray. Please pray that through the response of the faith community, the people and communities affected by flooding in the Western United States and those offering assistance will be reminded of the faithful hope that is found in Christ.