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Baldwin County hit with floodingcomment (0)

May 8, 2014

Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers have responded to another need — flooding in Baldwin County.

On April 29, torrential rains brought historic flooding to coastal areas of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Between 6 and 10 p.m., more than 26 inches of rain fell in some places, leaving homes flooded with as much as 6 feet of water inside.

In Baldwin County, homeowners near the Fish River were evacuated by helicopters, jet skis, boats and firefighters. 

On May 1, a team of 12 Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers assisted flood victims in Foley, according to Bill Stephens who was temporarily coordinating the relief effort for Baldwin Baptist Association. 

“Some of the homes in Foley have more than 2 feet of water standing in them. Only a few of the affected homeowners had flood insurance,” Stephens said.

Severe damage

Mel Johnson, disaster relief strategist for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions, explained that steps are being taken to deploy more disaster relief teams to Baldwin County. 

“Initial assessment damage is so severe that we will be engaged with relief support for months to come,” Johnson explained.

To keep up with needs and volunteer opportunities in all areas of the state or to donate, visit www.sbdr.org.


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