Baptist disaster relief crews working to aid flood victims
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief is in eastern, central and western Oklahoma assisting individuals affected by downed trees and flooding from recent severe weather across the state and wildfires earlier this year.
"Some of these large, old trees that our trained chainsaw crews are cutting down would be around $3,000 to be removed. So we want to go in and help those people in need in that way," said Sam Porter, disaster relief director for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.
In Kinta, in the Eastern part of the state, floodwaters reportedly were contaminated with oil due to an overturned container, flooding 26 homes. Porter said Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief will set up a volunteer station at First Baptist Church of Tahlequah and is sending flood relief teams to houses affected from there.
"We have begun to start evaluating the Illinois River area by sending in assessors to figure out what families need, and from there we will send in teams based on the needs expressed by our crews," Porter said.
The Oklahoma Baptist convention's disaster relief organization is also serving in Beaver County, assisting ranchers that lost thousands of heads of cattle and millions of acres of farm land in wildfires that swept the Panhandle earlier this year.
For more information on Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief or to make a tax-deductible donation to the ministry, go to https://www.okdisasterhelp.org.
Posted by Carla Hinton