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Originally published: 2013-09-19 11:39:36
Last modified: 2013-09-19 11:40:21

Samaritan's Purse helping victims of Colorado flooding

Disaster relief teams with the Boone-based Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse have arrived in Boulder County, Colo., where recent storms have caused deadly flash flooding and affected parts of a 4,500-square-mile area, almost the size of Connecticut. 

More than 1,000 residents have been stranded, including some search-and-rescue crews, and more than 19,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged.

Shortly after the flooding began last week, Samaritan's Purse deployed disaster relief experts who began coordinating with local emergency officials and churches to assess the damage. 

A specially equipped Samaritan's Purse Disaster Relief Unit arrived in the Boulder area Monday night. The tractor-trailer, stocked with tools, supplies and equipment, will serve as the team's command center and be based at Rocky Mountain Christian Church, Niwot campus.

"This is the second significant natural disaster the residents of Colorado have faced this year and the damage has been devastating," said Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham. "Our hearts go out to those who have lost their loved ones, their homes and their livelihoods. Our team on the ground will be helping the flood victims with clean up and letting them know that God is with them in their time of need."

Chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's Rapid Response Team are working alongside Samaritan's Purse disaster staff to minister to flood victims and their families. Once search-and-rescue efforts have ceased and floodwaters have receded, Samaritan's Purse volunteers will help homeowners with cleanup efforts, including removing mud and debris; taking out damaged flooring, sheetrock and insulation; and treating homes for mold and other possible contaminants. 

Earlier this year, Samaritan's Purse disaster relief teams responded to the Black Forest fire that damaged more than 500 homes in Colorado Springs. The organization also assisted fire victims following the 2012 fires in Estes Park and Colorado Springs.   

To volunteer with Samaritan's Purse, visit spvolunteernetwork.org. Donations to help flood victims can be made at samaritanspurse.org.

Samaritan's Purse is an international Christian relief and evangelism organization that has helped more than 27,000 families in 31 U.S. states following fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and ice storms.