Flood update...

June 23, 2014

ALL looks better today....water is receding....slowly in some places......more rain is expected thru at least Wednesday, many towns are still on alert.  Clean-up has begun.

At this time, to the best of our ability......We have at least 58 towns dealing with water and flooding including: Rock Rapids, Lester, Rock River, Advord, Hawarden, Akron, Evansdale, Asbury, Dubuque, Cedar Falls, Cherokee, Elgin, Spillville, Maynard, Brendon, Postville, Stout,  Volney, Waterloo, Camanche, Burlington, Marengo, Charles City,  New Hartford, Iowa Falls, Jesup, Waukon, Garner, Eagle Grove, Klemme, Broadgate, Blackhawk, Fayette, Elkader, Mason City,  Waverly, Clarion, Shellrock,  Hornick, Sloan and acres and acres of cropland.

18 counties, have been declared in emergency by the Governor

ALL three northern Districts with some degree of water.  Some of these communities are devastated.  Other communities are still at risk.  With more rain expected over the weekend.

Several communities are dealing with wind and tornado damage.  The week of June 15-17, 2014 we had at least three and as many as seven reported tornados in Iowa.  With the community of Clarksville hit the hardest.

Hail did significant damage to the Southwest District June 2-4, 2014. Strong storms with drenching rain, wind and large hail hit between Missouri Valley and Council Bluffs.  4 of our UMC Churches sustained damage and are recovering.


PRAY: Pray for those affected by water and wind.  It is in prayer that we unleash the power of God for one another.

FINANCIAL DONATIONS:  Your donations are needed.   ALL funds given thru Advance Special #223 are used to help those in disaster.

VOLUNTEER:  ALL of the communities that have had water are in need (and will be in need) of volunteers.  Please arrange with the local pastor or contact for your group to volunteer.

DRIVERS are needed:  We have a semi load of Clean-up buckets due in Smithland Iowa (northwest District) Wednesday, June 25, 2014 and Thursday, June 26, 2015 Drivers with pick-up truck and trailers are needed to disburse these supplies to those communities who need them.  Please contact Pastor Catie Newman to volunteer 712-899-4067, and for details.

CLEAN-UP BUCKETS:  Clean-up buckets are needed all over the state.  Buckets can be made and delivered to any of our UMC summer camp for temporary storage.  Consider having 10-25 buckets stored in storage in your church or town for emergencies.

Contact your District Disaster Response Coordinator with questions

Southwest – Vicki Wedemeyer  712-249-6703
North Central – Paul Evans 712-490-9693
Central – Julie Wehner  515-201-8183
South Central – to be announced
East Central – Mike and Becky Wood  319-270-3940
Northeast – Marlys Anderson  563-379-2243
Southeast – Arden and Karen Hughes  319-621-3872
Northwest – Jena or Kirk Manchester  319-981-2971

Catie and John Newman
IAUMC Disaster Response Coordinator’s
712-899-4067 phone or text