By Frank Michael McCormack
NEW ORLEANS — A team of about 25 disaster relief workers from Alabama were hard at work on the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) campus over the weekend, removing debris and downed trees scattered by Hurricane Isaac.
The team of Alabama Baptist disaster relief volunteers from Calhoun and Cleburne Baptist associations and the Tallassee area arrived Friday afternoon and quickly got to work. The team was well-experienced, with members who had volunteered in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, almost seven years to the day prior, as well as other hurricane recoveries through the years and the April 2011 tornadoes that swept across Alabama.
John Thomas, associate director of missions for Calhoun Baptist Association, said the current Calhoun team plans to work through Tuesday, Sept. 4, and then reassess to see if more volunteers are needed to continue the work.
“Like cold water on a hot day, Alabama disaster relief volunteers brought what we needed most,” said NOBTS President Chuck Kelley. “Their chain saws are undoing the damage of Isaac with relentless effort. Their nickname on campus is ‘chainsaw maniacs’ because they keep going and going.”
And thanks to that steady, determined work by Alabama Baptists, the seminary campus will be ready for classes to resume following the Sept. 3 Labor Day holiday.
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(Gary D. Myers contributed)