Flooding in Ontario

When flooding devastated communities in central Ontario in 2013, Samaritan’s Purse was there to help homeowners in need.

Heavy rains, and melting ice and snow created a devastating combination in central Ontario in 2013. Water levels in the Muskoka region were at a record high, and several communities were forced to declare states of emergency.

Thanks to donations from generous Canadians like you, Samaritan’s Purse Canada was there to help.

Officials in Huntsville and Minden asked for our aid. Already on high alert because of the likelihood of spring flooding across Canada, we were quick to respond.

Our Disaster Relief Unit, a semi-trailer outfitted with essential disaster recovery equip (such as generators, pumps, hand tools, and safety gear for volunteers) was driven to Huntsville and later moved to Minden.

In the month of May, our disaster relief team coordinated almost 150 volunteers and helped more than 35 homeowners. Their objective? To prepare homes for rebuild. Our team pumped out water, tore down damaged walls, and removed debris—all at no charge to the homeowners.

Many homes required floor-to-ceiling renovations. Betty Porter, whose bungalow was submerged in five feet of water and was cleared out by volunteers, described the damage:

“Right now the living room doesn’t have walls,” she said. “Everything except for glass, ceramic, or plastic is gone. Even our fridge floated and fell over backwards. The beds and sofas will have to be burned, and the kitchen cabinets and flooring have been torn out.”

Flood victims are “overwhelmed by the amount of damage,” said Major Lisa O’Doherty with the Salvation Army. It was O’Doherty who, on behalf of Huntsville, invited Samaritan’s purse to help. “Some of these people are unsure what the future looks like.”

Chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association partnered with our relief efforts.  Connecting with volunteers and affected families, these dedicated individuals offered words of comfort and prayers for wisdom.

“You’re in shock when you go through an event like that,” Betty told us.  

“We are so thankful for the volunteers and Samaritan’s Purse. And behind them are the donors, who make this work possible. These people have motivated and inspired us, and they’ve given us hope.”

Please continue to partner with us, so that when disaster strikes, Samaritan’s Purse is there to help in Jesus’ Name.

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Please pray that the Lord would comfort and strengthen victims of disaster, domestically and worldwide. Also lift up our Disaster Relief team; may they respond wisely and efficiently when disaster strikes, so that countless people may receive help in Jesus’ Name.


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