CWS appeal: 2008 tropical storm Fay

Tropical Storm Fay collided with Florida a record four times. The U.S. Hydrometeorological Prediction Center labels it one of the most prolific rainmakers in the state since 1950. It left behind more than 25 inches of rain across central and southern Florida, flooding more than 1,000 homes and killing at least 13.

Tropical Storm Fay collided with Florida a record four times. The U.S. Hydrometeorological Prediction Center labels it one of the most prolific rainmakers in the state since 1950. It left behind more than 25 inches of rain across central and southern Florida, flooding more than 1,000 homes and killing at least 13.

President Bush made Brevard, Monroe, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties eligible for public assistance; individual assistance has not yet been granted.

Florida Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster Secretary, the Rev. Karen Thompson reports flood waters are still prevalent in many communities, which is delaying assessment. However, needs are beginning to take shape following flood and tornado damage.

Vulnerable communities

Tropical Storm Fay struck the heart of Florida's farm worker communities, where laborers earn a living harvesting. Several areas of farm worker housing were evacuated, including mobile home parks.

CWS Response

Church World Service has extensively worked in Florida, partnering with local agencies to ensure communities were organized and trained for long-term recovery. Yet - as evacuees face displacement for months, communities join to recover and a new tropical depression is on track to target Florida once again - CWS will offer training, material resources and project development opportunities in Fay's path.

Contributions to support this CWS work can be made online, by calling 1-800-297-1516; or by mail to Church World Service, 28606 Phillips Street, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.

 

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