I went to the center where they were giving cleanup items to flood victims. I needed
some masks to finish cleaning my basement.They offered me a bucket that had other
supplies I needed. When I got it home I noticed that it was an UMCOR bucket. That
was so touching to be the recipient of one of the buckets. We give to help others
and it was a strange feeling to be on the receiving end. It was so helpful and I
should be able to finish the cleaning by the end of the week. Thanks to the United
Methodist Church and the people that support UMCOR.
Rev. Mary Laub, pastor, Painesdale UMC
First Person Experiences
According to an UMCOR representative UMCOR no longer establishes individual numbers
for disasters so there will be no specific number for the flash flood disaster in
the Copper Country. The number for U.S. Disaster Response # is 901670.
However, a Michigan Conference Disaster Response Fund has been set up. Make checks
payable to the Michigan Conference Treasurer, memo Michigan Disaster Response Fund,
and mail to Michigan Conference Treasury, 1161 East Clark Road, Ste. 212, DeWitt,
MI 48820. Go here to give online.
Flood cleanup is proceeding but so far, mostly only local funds have been forthcoming.
A Michigan House resolution was introduced on July 13 asking President Donald Trump
to declare a major disaster for the Michigan U.P. counties of Houghton, Gogebic and
Menominee. So while federal funds may be in the future, your donations are still
......Because of the narrow focus, many people in the area who weren't affected turned
out to help in the recovery efforts, minimizing the need for outside teams. We did
have a number of teams from places like Marquette, Green Bay and Milwaukee.
But I get the sense that most homes have had the water, mud, sand and rocks cleaned
out, and the few that haven't will be finished in the next couple days. So the focus
will soon turn to rebuilding.
The home where Bob, Lisa, James, Debra and our church folks spent their time Saturday
and Sunday was fortunate, in that no water came into the main floors of the house,
only the basement. Not all homes were that fortunate, so there will be some need
for folks who work on reconstruction.
Many of the homes affected are old - built in the late 1800's and early 1900's -
so the walls are plaster rather than drywall. I'm not sure how that complicates rebuilding.
Also, almost no one affected had flood insurance. Since they didn't live in a flood
plain it was not even an option for them to purchase flood insurance. Hopefully we'll
know soon if FEMA will assist, but my understanding is that even if they do, relief
to individual home owners is not their main focus, so families typically receive
$5,000 to $10,000. That will leave some of the folks with a large financial burden. I
know of one situation in which half of a house was literally washed away. Two other
homes I worked in earlier in the week had significant damage to the home. Volunteer
labor would be a big help to folks in these situations.......
Rev. Scott Lindenberg, pastor, Hancock First UMC 6/25/18