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Hallelujah Moment from USA: "There Is Water Everywhere"

by Becky Holten and Russ Whaley

Only the roof is visible of this shed.
This canoe shed at Wesley Acres Camp in North Dakota was destroyed by an onslaught of ice and water when the nearby creek flooded.
Image by: Anita Tulp

April 1, 2009

In the space of 10 minutes, a torrent of water and ice rushed through the grounds of Wesley Acres (United Methodist) Camp near Valley City, North Dakota, destroying the canoe shed and overflowing much of the property. The empty swimming pool was filled by the rising creek in under a minute. As the creek was rising, site directors Kevin and Anita Tulp were trying to rescue the canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats that didn't fit in the canoe cabin. Fortunately, ice prevented Anita from getting into the cabin to get more equipment out or she would have been inside when it was destroyed.

Heavy, wet snow along with strong winds further complicates the flooding problem in the Dakotas Conference. Drifts once melted are back, and the waterways are higher than ever.
Kevin and Anita say that this is the highest they have ever seen the creek that runs along the property of Wesley Acres. "The ice in the creek appears to be all frozen together, so it will be interesting to see how things turn out when the weather gets warm enough to melt again," she said.

The havoc wreaked by the flooding and accompanying blizzard does not end at Wesley Acres. The devastation reaches from the east along the Red River valley all the way to the west where 50 homes in Beulah, ND, had to be evacuated. County roads are impassable and the Rev. Paul Baker, Wahpeton, ND, says, "There is water everywhere."

Thousands and thousands of sandwiches have been made by volunteers to help other flood-relief volunteers, some of whom left their own flood damage to help those who were even more devastated. The volunteers heaved heavy sandbags onto the growing dikes for hours on end to hold back the icy, swelling rivers. Other volunteers assembled flood buckets to assist in the unpleasant task of cleanup. The damaging effects, both physically and emotionally, of the floods will be long-lasting, but if it weren't for these dedicated volunteers, the outcome would be much worse.

Ways to Support this Ministry

You can support flood relief by sending gifts to UMCOR Advance or by designated giving through your local church:

UMCOR Advance #901670 — Domestic Disaster Response, Red River Floods. (To designate your gift, please write "Red River Floods" on your check.)

Hear Bishop Deb Kiesey's "Spring '09 Flood" message at:

Hallelujah Moments
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See Also...
Topic: Communities Natural disasters Volunteers
Geographic Region: United States
Source: Mission Education

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Date posted: Apr 03, 2009