Episcopal Relief & Development is in close contact with the Episcopal dioceses of Lexington, Missouri and Southwestern Virginia after heavy rainfall and flash flooding killed at least 37 and left hundreds more missing in the region.
Heavy rains, which began last week, have led to mudslides and collapsed bridges, further isolating communities and complicating rescue efforts. Storm damage to homes and cars left many people without shelter or access to food. Some people who were displaced have evacuated to Virginia, where existing networks are now strained.
“We are in contact with Episcopal dioceses in the affected areas,” said Tamara Plummer, Program Officer, US Disaster Program, Episcopal Relief & Development. “Our partners are assessing the needs in their communities created by the storms. We stand ready to assist in the coming days and weeks.”
For over 80 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has been working together with supporters and partners for lasting change around the world. Each year the organization facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives for close to 3 million people struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. Inspired by Jesus’ words in Matthew 25, Episcopal Relief & Development leverages the expertise and resources of Anglican and other partners to deliver measurable and sustainable change in three signature program areas: Women, Children and Climate.