HOUSTON (BP) — Southern Baptists of Texas Convention disaster relief leaders had “boots on the ground” in Houston on May 28 following a month of historic rains and tornadoes across Texas and Oklahoma that led to deadly flooding over Memorial Day weekend with at least 15 dead and hundreds evacuated.
Every team sent out by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief — the largest network of trained disaster relief volunteers in the United States — brings “help, healing and hope” to those affected by natural events, said Fritz Wilson, executive director for Southern Baptist Disaster Relief at the North American Mission Board.
In Texas flash floods there destroyed more than 350 homes and left up to 1,000 homeless, news reports have said.
A record 25–30 small tornadoes spotted across Oklahoma were followed by two major tornadoes in Moore, Okla., in March, and then a massive amount of rain in May.
With a command center set up at First Baptist Church, Norman, Okla., Sam Porter, state director of disaster relief for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, said volunteers are spreading out to meet tremendous needs with homes flooded in 38 of the state’s 77 counties.
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