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SITUATION REPORT
SOUTHERN ALBERTA FLOOD RESPONSE
27 JUNE 2013

BACKGROUND

Between June 19 and 23, a slow moving intense low pressure system brought as much as 325 mm of precipitation along the mountains and foothills of western Alberta reaching from Edson to the southern border with Montana. The resulting flooding of the Red Deer, Bow, Sheep, Elbow, Highwood, and Oldman rivers led the City of Calgary and 22 other communities to declare states of local emergency. More than 100,000 people were affected and communication and transportation infrastructure sustained significant damage in some areas. Nearly 2,700 Canadian Armed Forces personnel were deployed across the region.

Thousands of people were forced to seek refuge at churches, community shelters, or with family and friends. Many residents have been allowed back into their homes, but some communities are still under mandatory evacuation. High River was particularly hard-hit with 80% of the town without basic services and the entire town still under mandatory evacuation order.

Samaritan's Purse activated its Disaster Assistance Response Team on June 21 and is coordinating with provincial and local officials, church partners, and other organizations.

HOW SAMARITAN'S PURSE IS RESPONDING
  • Disaster Relief Units have been deployed to the following locations to assist Calgary homeowners:
    • Grace Baptist Church (2670 Radcliffe Dr SE) set up June 25
    • Bow Valley Christian Church (5300 53rd Ave NW) set up June 26

  • Contact has been made with several reception centers in Calgary for returning homeowners and home assessments began on June 25. Homeowners in need of assistance can call 1-866-628-6565. In many cases, Samaritan's Purse is continuing the work started by other volunteers, pressure washing and sanitizing floors and walls to make homes rebuild-ready and safe for families to move back in.

  • Nearly 50 volunteer assessors have been trained and are conducting assessments in various communities to secure work orders in advance of volunteer work teams.

  • People interested in volunteering can register at www.samaritanspurse.ca - individual and group registrations are available. Approximately 1,000 volunteers have already been scheduled to serve between June 25 and July 8.

  • Rapid Response Team chaplains have been helping to meet spiritual and emotional needs alongside both DRU sites as well as in Aldersyde, Okotoks, Blackie, and Nanton. Twelve chaplains will be serving on June 28 and nearly 30 chaplains from across Canada and the USA have indicated their availability for deployment.

  • Four response information sessions have now been held in Calgary, Okotoks, and Black Diamond with more than 160 local church leaders and pastors in attendance.

  • Thirty volunteers and equipment are being deployed to Black Diamond on June 28 to assist local churches with pressure washing and sanitizing area homes that have already been mudded-out.

  • The City of Medicine Hat, area churches, Mennonite Disaster Services, and Mennonite Disaster Relief have requested assistance from Samaritan's Purse with equipment and technical support to assist at least 174 homeowners that were affected by flooding. A base will be set up at Hillcrest Church (3785 13 SE, Medicine Hat) on Sat, June 29 and volunteer teams are expected to begin serving on Monday, July 1.

  • Two basic grief care training sessions are being offered to the public in partnership with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association on Friday, June 28 at 7 pm (Samaritan's Purse, 20 Hopewell Way NE, Calgary) and Saturday, June 29 at 1 PM (Okotoks Evangelical Free Church, 28 Westland Rd, Okotoks).

  • One thousand hygiene kits have been assembled by volunteers for evacuees from the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre and the Siksika Nation. An additional 150 hygiene kits are being assembled on June 28 to be made available displaced High River residents.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP

Pray:

  • That the Lord would comfort and strengthen families affected by flooding.
  • For wisdom and good relationships as we respond within our local community.
  • For safety for homeowners, emergency responders, and clean up volunteers in the days ahead.
Give:
  • Your gift will help us bring relief to southern Alberta families impacted by flooding
  • Give to Southern Alberta Flood Relief 080588 by calling 1-800-663-6500 or online at SamaritansPurse.ca
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