Flooding in Elk County - image via wajctv.com

Severe Flooding in Elk County, Pennsylvania

Flooding in Elk County - image via wajctv.com

Image via wajctv.com

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) is on scene in Ridgeway, PA (Elk County) responding to severe overnight flooding. The area has been hit hard with nearly half a foot of water, destroying over eight homes and several apartment buildings. Numerous families are displaced and have lost everything.

The Salvation Army EDS Punxsutawney team arrived on scene at 4:30 a.m. and the Pittsburgh team is en route as of 1:00 p.m. to provide additional food, hydration, and clean-up kits. Lt. Ester from The Salvation Army Ridgeway Unit is on-site providing emotional and spiritual care.

Our canteens were used to provide nearly 75 victims and first responders with breakfast. In addition, we fed over 300 people lunch and expect around 300 for dinner as well.

Teams on-site report that the water is starting to recede and the clean-up process is underway. The National Weather Service predicts scattered and isolated thunderstorms throughout the area until Saturday with a 20% chance of rain.

Other agencies on site include The American Red Cross, which set up a shelter, UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief), and Ridgeway Fire Department. We will continue to follow the status of the disaster and keep everyone informed as more information comes to light.

The Salvation Army Responds To Flooding In Central Pennsylvania

DuBois, PA (June 28, 2013)—Severe thunderstorms have caused significant flooding in Clearfield and Jefferson counties in central Pennsylvania, damaging homes and forcing residents to evacuate. In response, last night The Salvation Army deployed a team of people and a mobile feeding truck from Pittsburgh to a temporary shelter at the DuBois Area Senior High School to assist with feeding and caring for those displaced by the storms.

An additional team was deployed from The Salvation Army in Punxsutawney to another temporary shelter in Sigel where they provided meals as well as socks and personal care kits.

Although The Salvation Army’s own building in DuBois had water from the storm in the basement and main floor, Majors David and Robin Maddock remained there to serve refreshments and provide comfort to the rescue workers in the heavily flooded area.

With the water now receding, The Salvation Army will continue to serve at the shelter in DuBois until at least this evening when an assessment will determine the need for continued sheltering and mass feeding. Once the initial relief efforts are complete, The Salvation Army will transition into recovery operations in the affected communities.

To help, financial donations can be made at www.SalvationArmy-WPA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.