Mapleton, Iowa, after the April 9, 2011 tornado, a huge percentage of the homes and businesses in Mapleton (pop1200) and the surrounding area were damaged, many have been rebuilt or repaired. This summer there are several new homes planned as well as work on parks, landscaping, tree planting and general clean-up.
Southwest District of Iowa Annual Conference, including Harrison, Fremont, Pottawattamie and Mills Counties. The Missouri River runs the entire length of all four counties from Mondamin, Iowa all the way to Hamburg, Iowa. Thousands and thousands of acres of farmland were flooded, many roads washed out and entire communities affected. There will be many needs here this spring and summer. We are working with the county EMA's and homeowners to get projects set up. At this time we anticipate 20-25 homes that will need volunteer help with everything from cleaning out to hanging drywall and painting. Volunteer housing is being established in Shenandoah, Iowa. If you wish to volunteer in the Southwest District please contact Southwest District Disaster Response Coordinator Vicki Wedemeyer.
South Dakota - Pierre / Fort Pierre. Flooding from the Missouri River complicated lives last year. The Pierre/Ft Pierre SD area is in need of rebuild team assistance. The current primary need is drywall hanging and taping. This is an ecumenical effort with United Methodist Disaster Response Case Management, Lutheran Disaster Response Volunteer Management and Presbyterian Church-USA housing. Donations for housing and materials are strongly encouraged.
West Ohio - ATHENS and MEIGS COUNTIES,Roger Thatcher, ERT trainer and District Disaster Response Coordinator in West Ohio writes, '"Been busy in Athens & Meigs county - a lot of people are going to have a difficult holiday period, pray for them all that they can accept the "new normal" in their lives'. Contact Rogerif you can field a team or just yourself, to give some time and work to recovery in these two counties of West Ohio - who were really devastated by the September tornadoes. Housing available at Camp Otterbien (Methodist Church Camp) of at Coolville UMC in Coolville, Ohio.