Flood update from the Northwest District

May 30, 2013

Click to hear an interview with Catie Newman.  She describes the flooding as of Thursday, May 30, and the immediate needs, including flood cleanup buckets.

May 2013 has been a most unusual month; we have had record snowfall, record high temp (108) and record rain (9 plus inches) all in 27 days. 

The Governor of Iowa has made a Disaster Proclamation for 13 counties in Northwest Iowa.  This includes 5 counties in our district.  The Hardest hit appears to be Buena Vista County and Storm Lake and Cherokee County and the City of Cherokee, many, many rural acres around Le Mars and Marcus...

On Tuesday, May 28, 2012 we delivered 100 Clean-Up Buckets and other supplies to Cherokee.   On Wednesday and Thursday another 200 buckets were delivered to Cherokee, 50 for Aurelia and 50 for Marcus along with other assorted supplies. A Huge Thanks to Tom Bliel and Jerry White for working with John on transportation.

We Need Your Help!!

Please Pray for all of the people and communities affected by these storms.  It is in prayer that we unleash God’s power for one another.

Volunteers are needed now in Cherokee to help clean out basements.  Several hundred homes have significant water to deal with, Contact Pastor Magrey DeVega to make arrangements 813-841-0605

Volunteers are needed in the next days and weeks, in Orange City for several clean up and new drywall projects.  Contact Catie and John Newman for arrangements 712-899-4067 or 712-874-3247

Financial Donations can be given thru the Iowa Annual Conference Advance #223

Collect Items, (After the floods of 2011, we created a store house of Disaster Response Items to have on hand in our district so that we could respond quickly.  We now need to re-supply so that we can be ready for the next need.)  

  • Gloves, all types all sizes, especially rubber gloves (not medical gloves please)
  • Large, heavy trash bags
  • Masks, N-95 or better
  • Bleach Liquid and Tablets
  • Liquid cleaner (Pine Sol, Mr Clean)
  • Hand wipes or Baby wipes
  • Empty 5 gallon Buckets
  • Wet/Dry Vac
  • Completed Clean-Up Buckets

Donations can be delivered to Grace Untied Methodist Church in Sioux City, (The office is staffed Monday thru Friday in the mornings.)  The District Office or the Hornick United Methodist Church 

BE PREPARED, The National Weather Service advises that this year is forecasted to have many severe weather “events”.  Take some time to make a plan, and create a safe space for your household.  Resources are available to help.