Local LDS Members Help With Hamlin Flooding

Kristy McDonough
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

On Saturday, June 5, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were busy working to help people in Hamlin whose homes were damaged by flooding.

Heavy rains caused creeks to overflow and sent muddy water into citizen’s homes, ruining walls, floors, and furnishings. Over 50 church members, many with large trucks and trailers, showed up with little notice to the city of Hamlin to help the people in the town clean out their damaged homes.  

Church leaders contacted the American Red Cross and the Chief of Police in Hamlin to help determine the best way to help the residents. Church members gave out food, water, strong trash bags, and physical help to remove ruined furnishings, damaged floors, soaked carpet, drywall, insulation, and clean out a considerable amount of mud.  Some homes had up to 20 inches of water damage.  

Natalee Bradshaw, who is the leader of the women’s organization for the church in West Texas said, “The extent of the damage had been described to me, but seeing it in person was overwhelming. My heart broke for the flood victims. I’m honored I had the chance to meet some of our neighbors in need and do what little I could to help.”

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints help with restoration following flooding in Hamlin. Photos courtesy y McDonough

President Cavin R. Hill, who leads the church congregations in the Abilene, San Angelo and surrounding communities said, “I find it very humbling to witness the outpouring of support and assistance for our neighbors in need. The good people in the Hamlin area were so friendly and appreciative of the assistance.  We were able to work side by side in helping cleanup from this devastating flood.” 

For more information, contact Kristy McDonough, local Communications Director at ksmcdonough89@gmail.com or visit churchofjesuschrist.org

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