Denomination stands ready to help
by Mike Ferguson | Presbyterian News Service
LOUISVILLE — Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is in contact this weekend with presbyteries in states in the lower Midwest, where flooding and tornadoes have impacted communities and forced evacuations.
Jim Kirk, PDA’s associate for disaster response in the United States, said Saturday that affected presbyteries were assessing flood damage brought on by heavy rainfall in the Missouri and Illinois River basins as well as the upper and middle portions of the Mississippi River basin.
Kirk says PDA anticipates receiving “multiple” assistance grant requests. It’s possible, he said, that PDA National Volunteers will be deployed, although as of Saturday no invitations for National Volunteers had been received.
The Saturday briefing issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency said that significant flooding continued to prompt evacuations and water rescues across central and eastern Oklahoma, where eight communities are under voluntary evacuations and one is under mandatory evacuation. In neighboring Arkansas, two communities are under evacuation.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt requested an emergency declaration Friday for each of the state’s 77 counties.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson also declared a state of emergency for affected portions of that state.
An emergency declaration for previous flooding has been approved in eight Montana counties, FEMA said. Declaration requests have been made for five counties plus the Nez Perce Reservation in Idaho and for 19 counties in North Dakota.
Donations to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance’s General Relief and undesignated support may be made here. For disaster response gifts regarding U.S. flooding, note the account DR000191.
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