Still Helping Devastated Flood Victims
by Frank King, Communication Manager, Samaritan's Purse Canada
There’s still damaged to be repaired from southern Alberta’s devastating 2013 floods. And YOU can still help.
I had the pleasure of hanging out with several members of the Calgary media during a Feb. 9 open house for the Southern Alberta Restoration Program (SARP).
This is an ongoing Samaritan’s Purse initiative to continue helping victims of the devastating 2013 southern Alberta floods that swept through downtown Calgary, plus most of High River and several other communities. At one point, more than 100,000 people were displaced by the floods, which happened when a half-dozen rivers spilled their banks.
On Feb. 9, SARP staff threw open the doors to its new office in southeast Calgary to nearby businesses and members of the Calgary media. They were all able to find out, thanks to generous Canadian donors and volunteers, how we are continuing to help victims of the flood.
Believe it or not, more than 18 months after the event, there are still Calgary and High River residents who are either not living in their damaged homes or are living in homes that have not been fully restored. This is due to inadequate government assistance or insurance funding.
There’s also still a significant amount of emotional and spiritual damage amongst flood victims. We are addressing all these needs through SARP, and the open house was a God-sent opportunity to explain this to nearby businesses and Calgarians in general.
It was also an opportunity to let people know that volunteers are still needed to help repair homes in Calgary and High River through SARP. The folks in charge of SARP tell me everyone from experienced tradespeople to those who can simply hammer nails are needed.
Want to get involved? Visit SamaritansPurse.ca/restore to get more information or sign up.