Tropical Storm Lee has dropped torrential rains on the Gulf Coast states of Louisiana and Mississippi.
The storm made landfall in New Orleans earlier today causing devastating flash flooding. Currently, New Orleans is under flash flood warnings.
The Salvation Army is dedicated to helping those in the states affected by this storm. In Jackson, Mississippi, forty residents have been evacuated by boat to The Salvation Army’s shelter in Pascagoula.
The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in the storm’s path to stay informed of all warnings. With significant rainfall still in the forecast residents are reminded to stay away from moving waters.
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As the storm system threatens Tropical Storm Lee and twenty inches of rain on parts of the Gulf Coast, The Salvation Army is prepared to provide relief if disaster strikes.
Read more about the coming storm here.
Flash flooding remains a concern for residents of these states. Salvation Army offices in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi are geared up with 24 mobile feeding units and a gigantic field kitchen in case a response is necessary. We are also prepared to provide clean-up kits, water, shower units, first-aid supplies, and spiritual care.
The Salvation Army would like to encourage residents in the path of this storm to prepare for Emergency. Read more about how you can stay prepared by Clicking Here.
The following was contributed by Gene and Edie Pigford, Lt. Colonels from The Salvation Army
Our journey began on Tuesday, August 30. Edie and I travelled to Oneonta to support the Salvation Army Command Center which was helping provide emergency relief intervention in communities devastated by Hurricane Irene.
Our first stop was Fleishmans where we stopped at a canteen from Ohio under the leadership of Lt Jason Price. The canteen was based at a local church which was coordinating local relief efforts. Local residents were appreciative of the food, including members of a Hassidic community who were pleased at the availability of kosher food.
Next was Margaretville, a community hit with considerable impact from Irene. One of the lifelong residents described seven feet of water coming down the town’s main street. Severe structural damage appears to have rendered the old historic section of Main Street not salvageable. The town is awaiting final word concerning the loss of this resource. One resident was concerned about his pets that he had to leave behind when they were told to evacuate. He was later able to retrieve them, but was struggling to find living arrangements for both him and his pets.
The Margaretville Fire Department was most appreciative of our efforts to convey some supplies on their behalf to the Prattsville community
Roxbury was well served by a canteen from Buffalo. They were able to coordinate with a local pastor and school principal to provide food, cleaning supplies and spiritual care to community residents. We had the privilege of praying with them and ask God to bless their efforts and their community.
By far the most devastated community was Prattsville. We were able to reach the community by back roads, some of which went directly through the devastated areas. The Army established a canteen relief site and distributed food and cleaning supplies to area residents and relief workers. A local church is currently providing hot meals in a tent, but the pastor indicated that soon these volunteers will need to look after their own homes. The State Police helped us connect with an 82 year old woman that had not been out of her house since the hurricane hit.
A few local merchants were very discouraged by the damage done to their businesses and questioned whether rebuilding would be worth it. The town supervisor was very helpful and encouraging to the community, offering hands-on assistance to residents.
The town has limited water and will not have power for some time due to broken power lines. Most of the town residents we came across were in good spirits and working hard to rebuild their towns.
Our sense is that some communities will recover fairly quickly. But others, like Margaretville and especially Prattsville, will need ongoing support for some time.
The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Greenbay, Wisconsin warmly welcomed the community at the grand opening on Saturday, August 20 after seven years in development.
Area children and families are excited as the impressive 95,000-square-foot Center will provide a great source of entertainment and learning opportunities throughout the year. The Center includes a fitness center, performing arts auditorium, swimming pool, library, computer laboratory, dental clinic, dance studio, gymnasium and more!
The official dedication and ribbon-cutting of the $24 million facility took place on August 27. Following the dedication, the Center hosted the “Kroc and Roll Ball”, a 1950’s-themed opening gala honoring founders Ray and Joan Kroc. The theme recalled the decade that Ray Kroc founded McDonald’s.
Gala guests enjoyed dinner and music provided by an appropriately themed barbershop quartet.
“The impact of this facility will go far beyond a building,” Captain Ken Shiels, Brown County coordinator, stated. “It will be a place for kids, families and individuals to develop new interests and life-changing and life-affirming skills. The Kroc Center is an extension of our mission to serve people as our resources allow, raising people up and strengthening, encouraging and enriching their lives.”
The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers are being constructed in various cities across the country in an effort to provide opportunities that facilitate positive, life-changing experiences through art, athletics, personal development, spiritual discovery and community service.
There are currently 13 Centers across the country, with ten in the works. Each center is open to people of all ages and income levels.
You can learn more about the Greenbay Kroc Center by visiting their Facebook page or Website.
For more information on The Salvation Army Kroc Centers, please Click Here.