Posted on

Research and cleanup from Hurricane Ian

CAM’s Rapid Response team continues their research and cleanup from Hurricane Ian in Florida. They are finding many of the tourist areas along the coastline completely devastated, but residential areas are mostly left with general damage. So far our team hasn’t seen any large areas with major destruction as they’ve seen from previous hurricanes. Many homes around Sarasota and Fort Myers have their branches cleaned up and roofs already tarped.

The river that overflowed in Arcadia is still causing flooding, so our team hasn’t been able to visit the area to see if there is a lot of damage. They are in contact with the local EMA director and hope to investigate needs once the waters recede.

At this time CAM doesn’t see the cleanup from Hurricane Ian developing into a large project. Our Rapid Response team will continue to clean up as needed and research Arcadia and other areas they haven’t been able to access yet.

Praise God that a large part of the storm went over swamp land and non-residential property!

To help support the Disaster Response Services program, please click the button below to give a gift.


Donate

Posted on

Hurricane Ian flood waters devastate Florida

Hurricane Ian flood waters, Christian Aid Ministries

Hurricane Ian proved to be one of the most devastating storms in the U.S. with historic flooding and strong winds. The Florida governor described the storm as a “500-year flooding event” after it barreled into his state. Many residents waited to be rescued from Hurricane Ian flood waters as streets turned into rivers. Government rescue works freed people from their attics and rooftops. The death toll is still unknown but is on the rise.

The hurricane reduced to a tropical storm while on its way to the Carolinas and Georgia, but the 75 mph winds and drenching rain are still hazardous. Many people in the southern states are still at risk of major loss as the storm continues, while the damage Hurricane Ian left behind in Florida is heartbreaking to the people who lost most of their belongings.

Yesterday, our Rapid Response team started researching needs in Sarasota and Fort Myers. Our team plans to investigate several other cities that are still under water. As soon as the Hurricane Ian flood waters recede, our team members plan to visit those areas to research the damages. At this point, the extent of the potential cleanup project is unclear.

Thank you for your support and concern for the people in Florida. Please continue to pray for the thousands of people reeling in the aftermath of the storm or are still weathering the winds and rain.

To help support the Disaster Response Services program, please click the button below to give a gift.


Donate

Posted on

Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Florida

Hurricane Ian makes landfall

Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida as a category 4 hurricane with dangerous winds of 155 mph. The storm is predicted to continue overnight and into Thursday with heavy winds and rain mixed with possible tornadoes.

About 2.5 million people had mandatory evacuation orders, and over 145,000 power outages were reported this morning even before the hurricane made landfall. Hurricane Ian is projected to be one of the costliest storms in our country’s history.

CAM teams are on standby

Our Rapid Response teams are actively watching the storm and preparing to investigate needs as soon as it is safe to travel. Some of our Florida team members live in areas affected by the hurricane. The Loaves & Fishes Food Kitchen is also on standby in case the need for meals arises. Please pray for protection for the people in the path of Hurricane Ian and for wisdom for our staff and team members preparing to help those in need.

To help support the Disaster Response Services program, please click the button below to give a gift.


Donate