Hundreds of thousands of people in Eastern Kentucky, West Virginia, and Virginia are beginning the recovery and rebuilding process after several days of heavy rains in the area that led to catastrophic flash floods. Rainfall estimates show that 14 to 16 inches fell during a five-day period, beginning on July 27. At least 37 people lost their lives, hundreds were rescued from rooftops, and many homes, schools, and businesses were destroyed or damaged. The waters swept away the Whitesburg, KY Church of the Nazarene and its parsonage. Many people remain stranded because of washed-out roads or lost vehicles, and excessive summer heat and ongoing power outages are compounding the difficulties of assessing the damage and beginning to clean up.
The need in these communities is great. Nazarene relief efforts have centered in Perry County, Kentucky, where compassionate ministry leaders are organizing a response to the widespread need. Appalachia Reach Out, a Nazarene compassionate ministry center operating out of Inez, Kentucky, is partnering with organizations to help distribute water and emergency supplies to residents. Churches from other states are raising funds and sending water, food, and supplies, and Nazarene Disaster Response Teams are traveling to the area to offer assistance.
Recovery and rebuilding in Eastern Kentucky will take years. With your help, local churches and compassionate ministries volunteers will be there every step of the way to offer help, hope, and the love of Christ.
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