One year later, it is raining again. Residents of High River, Alberta, have every reason to be concerned about the rain. Last year a ‘perfect storm’ of rain, run-off and colliding weather systems led to an unprecedented flood and a total evacuation of the town. Slow-receding floodwaters meant the complete evacuation was maintained for nine days before a trickle of residents was allowed to return. The damage was extensive and overwhelming.
One year later, the town is still in process of recovery. Karen Orser, Community Partnership Coordinator for the Town of High River, explained the extent of the damage, “Many residents are still not able to return to their homes, and many businesses have not re-opened their doors. It will take several years to fully recover from the tremendous economic and human impact of the flood on High River.”
Commenting on the recovery efforts, Orser added, “The support and commitment from organizations like Mennonite Disaster Service will be critical as we continue on this journey.” Over 550 MDS volunteers have served in High River since the flood.
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MDS featured in new book
Brenda Phillips, PhD, Associate Dean at Ohio University in Chillicothe, has published a new book titled “Mennonite Disaster Service and the Gulf Coast Recovery“ A long-time friend of MDS, she is a widely published author on disaster recovery and socially vulnerable populations and has received numerous awards and recognition. Phillips is donating all of the royalties of book sales to MDS. To order a book at a download an order form here or call the Binational Office, (717) 735-3536. The book will be “library quality,” so consider donating a copy to your church library.
The book has been described as an “academic study and a story—a truly engaging one—of people helping people in a very special way. This is a close up view of those who experienced the destruction of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike and those from the Mennonite Disaster Service who came to help. Together they built a classic therapeutic community. This important book is a valuable resource not only for students and academics who will find rich empirical support for many theoretical concepts, but for anyone who wants to understand and appreciate giving and receiving in disaster recovery.”— Maureen Fordham, Northumbria University
MDS featured on NBC Nightly News! MDS was featured on the NBC Nightly News on March 29, 2011. To see the story that features our Diamond, La. project, click on the link below:
MDS on the News