Samaritan's Purse joins flood clean-up in Quebec

Relief organization helping residents with flood recovery

CALGARY, June 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Samaritan's Purse Canada has sent its specially equipped Disaster Relief Unit to southern Quebec and is recruiting volunteers to clean up homes after severe flooding there.

Now based at the Alliance Church in Noyan, about 70 kilometers south of Montreal, the Disaster Relief Unit had been on standby since May when the flooding first hit. Now that the flood waters have finally begun to recede, staff and volunteers are hard at work assisting homeowners with pump-outs, debris removal, contents recovery, and mold remediation.

"People affected by the flooding have waited so long to come home," said Stephen Joudry, who is managing the relief effort. "And Samaritan's Purse is helping those who need it the most, especially the elderly, the disabled, or those unable to clean up their homes on their own."

Residents in Noyan, Clarenceville, Henryville and surrounding municipalities requiring free clean-up assistance from Samaritan's Purse can call 1-866-628-6565.

"We appreciate the help being offered by Samaritan's Purse," said Owen MacCallum, Noyan Village Councilor. "There are a lot of people emotionally down—a fresh burst of help from outside will not only help physically, but also emotionally."

The Disaster Relief Unit is a truck and trailer outfitted with essential disaster recovery equipment including generators, pumps, hand tools, and safety gear for volunteers. It also serves as a volunteer coordination centre, and is equipped with a self-contained office, communications system, and other supplies.

Volunteers Needed
Samaritan's Purse invites volunteers to join its clean-up efforts in the Noyan-Henryville-Clarenceville area. Volunteers will pump out water, remove soggy debris, treat homes for mold, and perform other recovery work. For more information call 1-866-628-6565.

Donations Needed
To support the Quebec relief effort, please call 1-800-663-6500 or visit samaritanspurse.ca (click on "Donate"). Samaritan's Purse has made an initial commitment of $50,000 towards the early stages of the relief operation in Quebec. The Disaster Relief Unit—and another based in Calgary—has helped Samaritan's Purse respond to natural disasters all across Canada in recent years, including Hurricane Igor in Newfoundland, floods in New Brunswick and British Columbia, a violent wind storm in Ontario, and most recently the wildfires in Slave Lake, AB.

About Samaritan's Purse Canada
Samaritan's Purse Canada is an international Christian relief and development organization working in about 70 countries to help victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine, and persecution. The charity also operates the well-known Operation Christmas Child program that sends gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children around the world each year, and the Turn on the Tap initiative that raises funds for life-saving BioSand Water Filters in the developing world. Go to samaritanspurse.ca.

SOURCE Samaritan's Purse Canada

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For further information and media inquiries:
Jeff Adams
Director, Communications and Creative Services Dept.
Samaritan's Purse Canada
1-800-663-6500 or 1-403-615-8747 (cell)
jadams@samaritan.ca


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