Samaritan's Purse responds to Quebec flooding

Christian relief organization will work with volunteers to aid in flood recovery

CALGARY, May 11 /CNW/ - Samaritan's Purse Canada will send its specially equipped Disaster Relief Unit  to southern Quebec and recruit volunteers to clean up homes after severe flooding there.

The Christian relief organization will focus its clean-up efforts on communities along the Richelieu River, where rising waters have forced more than 2,800 residents from their homes.  Samaritan's Purse will work with other aid organizations and local partners to provide recovery assistance.

"Samaritan's Purse is committed to helping communities in Quebec recover from the flooding," said Stephen Joudry, who will manage the relief effort. "Our first priority will be to assist the elderly, the disabled, or those unable to clean up their homes on their own, but we also want to be available to anyone who needs help."

Pastor Serge Breaults of the Noyan Alliance Church, where flooding has been severe, told Samaritan's Purse: "The fact people care and are coming from other parts of the country to help will be very comforting to people in the area. People are getting tired after two weeks of dealing with the flooding. It has lasted so long. Helping out during the flood is urgent, but the clean-up is not exciting. When the water is gone, people (like those from Samaritan's Purse) who will help clean up the mess will be welcome."

Samaritan's Purse must wait until the flood waters recede - which may take two weeks - before the clean-up work can begin. In preparation, Samaritan's Purse is meeting with local homeowners, recruiting and training volunteers, and preparing to drive its New Brunswick-based Disaster Relief Unit to Quebec and establish it in Noyan, a town about 70 kilometers south of Montreal.

The 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.

Donations Needed
To support the Quebec relief effort, please call 1-800-663-6500 or visit (click on "Donate"). Samaritan's Purse has made an initial commitment of $50,000 to cover the cost of 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 in British Columbia, and a violent wind storm in Ontario.

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 mould, and perform other recovery work.

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

SOURCE Samaritan's Purse Canada

For further information:

Media Inquiries:
Jeff Adams
Director, Communications and Creative Services Dept.
Samaritan's Purse Canada
1-800-663-6500 or 1-403-615-8747 (cell)


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