Friday, September 2, 2011

Hurricane Irene - #3216 - In Maryland, None of Us Were Prepared for What We Saw - Baptist Press (2) In Vermont All Hands on Deck in Relief - Baptist Press

-Extensive hurricane damage in southern Maryland has kicked Baptist disaster relief teams into overdrive. "I don't think any of us were prepared for what we saw. The news accounts somehow have missed showing this extensive damage," said Richard Logsdon, director of missions for the Potomac Baptist Association. "Many of the residents are out of electricity, water and sewer and may be so for a week or more. Massive trees are down everywhere and many homes have gaping holes in their roofs." Logsdon, working with Mike Hayden, lead disaster relief assessor for the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware, and area pastors, found extensive damage caused by Hurricane Irene in St. Mary's and Calvert counties. Logsdon described the damage as worse than that caused by Hurricane Isabel in 2003 or the 2002 tornado that devastated 26 miles of residences and businesses in nearby La Plata, Md. "If you took what you saw in La Plata and scattered it, this is what happened here," Logsdon said, noting that the devastation went largely unnoticed because it occurred away from major thoroughfares. Read more.........

In Vermont All Hands on Deck in Relief - Baptist Press - Vermont Baptists are helping their neighbors with shovels and the love of Christ while Southern Baptist Disaster Relief gears up for a major response in the flood-stricken state.  "The devastation in Vermont continues to be uncovered, and so we're going to need all hands on deck there," said Jim Wideman, executive director of the Baptist Convention of New England (BCNE).  Although the Associated Press reported that all of Vermont's isolated communities have now been reached by ground crews, Terry Dorsett, director of missions of the Green Mountain Baptist Association, reported significant damage remains from the receding floodwater. In addition to washed-out roads and bridges, rivers flowed through the basements and first floors of homes, knocking out water heaters, furnaces and electrical panels.  Read more..........

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