Damaging floodwaters bring out the good Samaritans

Thursday, January 21, 2016
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

flooding in MissouriHomeowners in Missouri who were devastated by historic flood waters a few weeks ago are realizing that they aren't alone in their efforts to recover from the devastation.

Christian ministries have been coming to the aid of flood victims in the St. Louis area near the Mississippi River. Wayne Shoemaker of Samaritan's Purse has been assessing the damage in Missouri.

"I've seen watermarks on homes two and three feet up on the shingles of the roof, which means it got all the way up – foundation, into the house, and up into the attic area,” he says. 

Shoemaker tells OneNewsNow the ministry has utilized its network of volunteers to help families clean out their flood-damaged homes.

"Our name comes from the parable of the Good Samaritan in the Bible,” he shares. “We're going to be that person who reaches into the ditch and helps them up, regardless of who they are. No matter what religion, race or political affiliation they may have, we're going to help them and see if we can give them aid for what they need - and that starts restoring hope.

"The big thing we want to do is get them turned around, let them know their situation isn't hopeless, somebody's there to help, and it's going to be a better tomorrow."

He says volunteer teams have been tearing out waterlogged drywall and insulation, removing damaged flooring, and treating for mold so families can begin to rebuild their lives.

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