Operation Compassion Responds to Spring Flooding

By , June 9, 2004

The months of May and June ushered unprecedented spring storms causing widespread flooding on the Caribbean Island of Hispaniola and in southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky destroying thousands of homes and leaving thousands homeless. The disastrous consequences of the unprecedented flooding on the island of Hispaniola claimed more than 2,000 lives in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

In the wake of this severe flooding, Operation Compassion has been working with partner agencies serving as a network in Haiti to expedite delivery of disaster relief supplies. Through this partnership with World Vision and Food for the Poor, thousands of families displaced by the flooding are receiving food, blankets and other necessary products designed to sustain life.

In the Dominican Republic, Operation Compassion is working directly with Church of God Overseer Andres Rincon to deliver disaster relief supplies. Through this effort, families will receive necessary relief supplies through churches, some having suffered catastrophic destruction of property as well as great loss of life.

In West Virginia, spring rains brought some of the worst flooding in more than thirty-five years. As the rainwater began to cascade down the mountainside, holler creeks and rivers became catastrophic torrents sweeping cars, houses and anything in its path into total destruction.

Immediately, Operation Compassion swung into action through the Appalachian Dream Center (ADC) in providing shelter to homeless families as well as volunteers, the National Guard and the National Guard Medi-Vac Team. The ADC became a partner with FEMA and WVEMA and was named a Disaster Center for southern West Virginia.

While there was only one fatality, it was estimated that 700-800 families had been displaced from their homes. During the first seven days of the flooding, ADC served more than 6,000 hot meals at the Center and onsite. More than ten semis of disaster relief supplies have been distributed throughout the disaster area.

Michael Hartwell, Director of ADC, opened the first floor of the facility to the Health Department for the distribution of tetanus shots and other vaccines necessary to keep diseases from spreading due to the flooding. Also, the Health Department set up screening for the elderly and those suffering from chronic illnesses to ensure they were receiving proper medical care and treatment.

In eastern Kentucky, the flooding was as severe as in West Virginia. Operation Compassion partnered with Christian Appalachia Project (CAP) and ADC in supplying necessary disaster relief supplies in the affected area. Hundreds of families were displaced and hundreds of homes were partially or totally destroyed in the wake of the flooding.

Dr. John D. Nichols, President, Operation Compassion said, “Throughout the United States and around the world, Operation Compassion endeavors to answer the call when disaster strikes. Operation Compassion understands that catastrophic events happen. Regardless of the disaster, Operation Compassion will do its best to alleviate the suffering of those families caught in the grip of disastrous circumstances.”

David Lorency, International Field Director, Operation Compassion, said, “Almost without exception, those that are hardest it can least afford to deal with their misfortunes. That is the mission and purpose of Operation Compassion – helping to meet the needs of the suffering, confused and disoriented victims of disaster.”

Dr. Nichols and the Board of Directors, David Lorency and the staff are of one mind – Operation Compassion must do whatever it takes to get all the relief supplies possible to the need.

Anyone interested in supporting financially, donating products or providing a corporate lead may contact:

Operation Compassion
Dr. John D. Nichols, President
David Lorency, International Field Director
Tim Burdashaw, Communications & Development

114 Stuart Road, NE Suite 370
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.728.3932 Office
423.728.3958 Fax
www.operationcompassion.org

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