By Meredith Flynn
Illinois Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers began working today to assist homeowners in the wake of flooding across the state and the Midwest.
Capital City Baptist Association, headquartered in Springfield, mobilized a team of volunteers to serve in Kincaid, where 35 homes were directly affected by flooding and others needed assistance following heavy rainfall, reported Director of Missions David Howard.
The team will work is expected to work in Kincaid through the week and possibly next, said IBSA Disaster Relief Coordinator Rex Alexander.
“We have assessors today working in Alexander County near Olive Branch, Illinois,” Alexander continued. “Williamson Association is preparing to go to that location on Wednesday of this week. But if we find out today that the water has not receded enough, then they will have to wait.”
In addition, a team from First Baptist Church, Galatia, is scheduled to leave Thursday to help in Alexander County or the St. Louis area. Volunteers from First Baptist Church, Harrisburg, and Metro East Association are scheduled to serve next week, likely in Alexander County, he said.
“We will learn this week more about the work needed in Alexander County and possibly other places in the state.”
Illinois Baptists have 1,600 trained disaster relief volunteers belonging to 37 teams based around the state. The teams include kitchen, childcare, chaplaincy, chainsaw, flood recovery, laundry and shower units along with a disaster relief command and communications trailer, and a search and rescue unit. To learn more about IBSA Disaster Relief, visit www.IBSA.org/dr.