Relief and restoration efforts continue in the Houghton-Hancock area of the western Upper Peninsula following the late June flooding that did widespread damage in the region. Restoration efforts were further hampered by torrential rains during the week of July 9. The MARBC office reached out Thursday to the pastors of two association churches and a representative of the state’s natural disaster office.
Two MARBC churches continue serving the Lord by helping those in need in their communities. The pastors of Evangel Baptist Church in Houghton and Bethany Baptist Church in Dollar Bay share that life is anything but normal in their impacted areas.
The facilities of Evangel Baptist Church in Houghton were initially used as a staging site for the flood assistance operations in the region. Located just two blocks west of Michigan Technical University, the church campus is strategically situated near the flood region.
Pastor Nate Marsh, associate pastor, shares that the clean-up efforts continue in the community and Evangel continues to provide help as needs develop. Some families of the church have had damage to their homes and have learned that most will be covered by insurance and FEMA funds.
Pastor Brian Knight, lead pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, shares that many people were cut off from other parts of the region due to the wash out of many roads. Roads through out the region are “drivable” but are not easily navigated. The recent downpours caused damage to roads that were recently reopened.
A representative from the State of Michigan natural disaster task force shared that personnel are still needed to help with the clean up of the large region impacted by the flooding. Some of the hard hit areas still need heavy equipment and skilled workers to deal with debris and recovery. Volunteers are still needed to help with the clean out of basements filled with debris and general clean up of yards. Those who are willing to assist with the ongoing recovery process are encouraged to phone 906.233.6621.
Those desiring to contribute financially to the regional assistance effort may contribute at the Portage Health Foundation (Hancock, MI) website. Donations to this website will go directly to the regional relief efforts.
Those desiring to share a financial gift for assisting MARBC churches in their efforts to assist affected families may contribute at the MARBC’s website donation link on the homepage. Designate your gift to “CPR Flood Relief.”
$500 has been collected to this point and has been sent to help with these special needs. We thank those who have contributed to this need.