Salvation Army helping local flood victims
Flood water and damage remain scattered throughout the Tennessee Valley, and some residents are without homes, food and water.
But the Salvation Army in Chattanooga is helping them.
Salvation Army Spokeswoman Kim George says they got a call from emergency management and the American Red Cross to help with relief in spring city over the weekend. She says this is the first time that has happened in months.
“We're taking it day by day,” said George.
George says their team served meals to 50 people in Spring City on Tuesday. However, for the past few days she say they have served at least 150 meals, 600 water bottles and dozens of cleanup supplies, including rakes.
“That's one less thing they have to think about. They're always so grateful. We're also there for emotional and spiritual support for them because they've been through a lot,” she said.
Spring City is just one of many areas recovering from days of constant rainfall.
“We haven't seen this type of flooding for a few months,” said George. “You know it is unusual certainly, but we're ready to serve.”
But maneuvering through floodwater, and keeping a full stock of supplies has been challenging for crews.
“We've had to come up with the food kits and the water and the food so there are a lot of logistics that have to be looked at, but emergency management has been great telling us where we can go, where are the best places to stage,” said George.
It's a lot of work, but this team is committed to making a difference.
“We're really taking it day by day to see who needs help, where and when,” said George. “We ask the community to pray. Pray for those who have been affected by the rising waters. Pray for those who have lost so much of their belongings.”
We're told the salvation army team will continue to help until told otherwise. In the meantime, they are asking for donations and any flood victims who need help to come forward.
You can contact the Salvation Army by calling 1-(800)-728-7825 click here.