May 27, 2015—After torrential rain caused severe flooding in Texas and Oklahoma over the Memorial Day weekend, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has issued five emergency grants in support of relief activities undertaken by the affected United Methodist annual (regional) conferences.
Greg Forrester, executive in charge of UMCOR’s U.S. Disaster Response work, said today that UMCOR has issued emergency grants at the request of the Texas, Rio Texas, Central Texas, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma Indian Missionary conferences, where flooding and tornadoes damaged hundreds of homes.
In total, 18 people are known to have died in the storms and flooding across the area.
“UMCOR has been in contact with the conference disaster response coordinators in all of the affected conferences since the weekend,” Forrester said.
“Early Response Teams (ERT) have been deployed as requested,” he added, “and the disaster response coordinators are in contact with each other. It’s great to know that the trained conference disaster response teams are equipped and ready to respond to survivors of such a severe event as this.”
Some of the worst damage occurred in the small town of Wimberly, Texas, and other parts of Hays County, in the Rio Texas Conference. The conference reported on its web site that 400 homes had been completely destroyed in the area, and many more were damaged.
Rio Texas also posted guidelines for assisting flood survivors. To help out in any of the affected conferences, please visit the conference web pages by following the links above. Do not self-deploy or send unsolicited material supplies.
Your gift to UMCOR U.S. Disaster Response, Advance #901670, helps UMCOR respond to the most vulnerable people affected by this and other disasters in the United States.