Samaritan's Purse Disaster Relief Unit Assists Flood Clean-Up in Northern BC



    Volunteers needed to form specially equipped Relief Teams to help
    devastated homeowners

    CALGARY, June 16 /CNW/ - Samaritan's Purse - Canada is sending its
Disaster Relief Unit to northern British Columbia to assist residents with
clean-up as damaging floodwaters recede.
    The Disaster Relief Unit and Samaritan's Purse Relief Teams are preparing
to establish an operations base in the Terrace area to provide flood relief,
clean-up assistance, and support to victims.
    "It's so wonderful that we have organizations such as Samaritan's Purse,"
said Debbie Scarborough, Recovery Director for the Regional District of
Kitimat-Stikine. "We're taxed physically and emotionally. Those who weren't
directly affected are out helping those who were. This gets everybody
motivated again."
    At least 270 homes in Terrace and the surrounding area have been damaged
by flooding from the nearby Skeena River, according to BC authorities, and
about 200 people were ordered to evacuate from nearby Brauns Island. About 55
per cent of the affected homes are severely damaged and must be gutted. None
of the families have flood insurance and many are desperate for help.
    "Our focus is sending volunteer Relief Teams to those most in need - the
elderly, the disabled, or those unable to clean up their homes on their own,"
said Claus Burchert, Samaritan's Purse's Project Manager.

    Volunteers and Donations Needed

    Samaritan's Purse needs volunteers from across Canada to join its Relief
Teams in the Terrace area for one- to two-week assignments starting Sunday,
June 24 until Friday, Aug. 3. The volunteers will carry out flood relief work
- pumping water from homes and removing water-damaged debris. Volunteers will
receive free accommodations, food, safety equipment, and all necessary on-site
training to help in the clean-up efforts. To volunteer, please call
1-866-628-6565 or visit www.samaritanspurse.ca.
    Donations are needed to keep the Disaster Relief Unit stocked and ready
for deployment, and to ensure volunteers are supplied with the proper
equipment. The unit is a tractor and trailer outfitted with essential
equipment including water pumps, generators, chain saws, hand tools and safety
gear for volunteers. The unit is also equipped with a self-contained office,
communications system and other supplies, and is designed to serve as a base
for volunteer teams. To donate, please call 1-800-663-6500 or visit
www.samaritanspurse.ca.

    Samaritan's Purse Relief Teams have responded to disasters around the
world, including El Salvador, Grenada, and Indonesia. Teams have also helped
after flooding in Southern Alberta, the Gulf Coast, and upstate New York.
Working in more than 110 countries, Samaritan's Purse is an international
Christian relief and development organization that provides assistance to
people in crisis situations. To learn more about projects of Samaritan's
Purse, visit www.samaritanspurse.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Media Inquiries: Danielle Aspegren,
Communications Advisor, 1-800-663-6500, daspegren@samaritan.org; John Clayton,
Projects Director, (403) 667-0100, jclayton@samaritan.org


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