Maryland Flood Stories

June 13, 2018
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Many residents of homes that were impacted by the floods shared their stories with those who helped out with the ‘Muck Out’ on June 10. Click here to read more information on the Recovery Efforts. One resident who expressed her concern was a young lady named Dionne who lived with her two boys on a second-floor apartment building that got flooded. After she shared her tragic experience, she asked us where we were from. W. Derrick Lea, NAD ACS DR Director, informed her of the Seventh-day Adventist Church at Miracle City which was just two blocks away, and offered to introduce her to Pr. David Franklin who was present on the scene. They had a pleasant conversation, where Pr. David invited her to next Sabbath’s service to which she gladly accepted.

One Health Care worker named Hadie, whose basement was flooded, explained she was not home during the actual storm. She works at the local hospital and was on her night shift as the rains fell. Her husband at home had informed her the water level was raising, but she assumed it would recede as it always had previously. This family had lived on Frederick Road for 20 years, and never experienced anything like the latest rain. Early in the morning, her husband called to inform her that water was getting into the house. Hours later, they had over two feet of water in the basement. As the ‘Muck Out’ work began, she was getting ready to sleep before her night shift once again. While the DR volunteers didn’t mean to wake her up as they worked hard on her home that desperately needed fixing, she was truly appreciative of all the tremendous help that was provided to her family. Besides the residents, the DR volunteers also expressed how grateful they were for this opportunity to be able to help in some way.

Check out the story of Hadie sharing her experience with W. Derrick Lea, North American Division ACS DR Director.