CWS emergency appeal: 2011 Missouri River System Floods

As we move into summer numerous communities have been devastated or impacted by severe storms and flooding throughout the Missouri River drainage area. CWS has worked with agencies in the affected areas in the past and will be considerably involved in the long-term recovery process in the damaged communities.

APPEAL: #627-Q
AMOUNT: $40,000

Situation:

As we move into summer numerous communities have been devastated or impacted by severe storms and flooding throughout the Missouri River drainage area.  States impacted include: Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Missouri.

The city most impacted is Minot, on the Souris River (also called Mouse River) in western North Dakota.  In this town of 36,000 people, over 12,000 have been evacuated from homes that are now sitting in over 6 feet of flood water.  Reconstruction of damaged and failed levees is not expected to be completed until mid-July when water levels are expected to recede.  An additional 1,000 people have be evacuated in Ward County where Minot is located.  Other towns affected in this area are Sawyer and Velva, N.D.

In Iowa, 1200 people have been evacuated from the town of Hamburg as the Missouri River tops the last levee protecting the town.  In Council Bluffs, Iowa, the levee is still holding, but mandatory evacuations are in effect due to the rise of interior ground water behind the levee system.

The flooding in the Missouri River Valley will continue throughout the summer as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releases water from the Gavin’s Point Dam in S.D. and five other dams that are filled to capacity.  Missouri River levels are expected to remain about 6 feet above flood stage in Nebraska and Iowa and as much as 10 feet above flood stage in Missouri.  As the continued high water stresses the levee system to the point of failure more communities will be flooded.

CWS response:

  • CWS has shipped 200 Emergency Clean-up Buckets to South Dakota.  More requests are being processed and many more requests for material goods are anticipated as the waters recede in July and people return to their homes and begin the muck-out and clean up process.
  • CWS Emergency Response Specialists are monitoring the many situations and remain in contact with federal, state, local and voluntary agencies.  The Emergency Response Specialists are also in communication with churches and faith-based organizations to assist them in organizing immediate and long-term assistance.  CWS will be considerably involved in the long-term recovery process in the damaged communities.
  • CWS has worked with agencies in the affected in the past to establish and train long-term recovery groups, and these efforts will continue.  CWS will be in contact with state, regional and local Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster partners to determine where needs exist for training and disaster recovery project development.

Budget:

Total is $40,000.  This includes $15,000 for material resources and shipping; $15,000 for emergency response grants (long-term recovery groups); $10,000 for long term recovery group staff training and development.

HOW TO HELP: Contributions to support CWS emergency response efforts may be made online, sent to your denomination, or to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.  (Appeal #627-Q)

ACT Alliance  Church World Service is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy.

Media Contact:
Lesley Crosson, 212-870-2676, lcrosson@churchworldservice.org
Jan Dragin, 781-925-1526, jdragin@gis.net


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