Floods hit PA towns

Flash floods that killed two people have damaged at least 30 homes in south-central Pennsylvania, many of them in the towns of Windsor and Felton.

BY DISASTER NEWS NETWORK | WINDSOR, Pa. | May 13, 2004



"Churches and faith-based groups have been providing meals for about 120 people every night."

—Rev. Dan Wilcox


Flash floods that killed two people have damaged at least 30 homes in south-central Pennsylvania, many of them in the towns of Windsor and Felton.

"Windsor took the brunt of this flooding," said Mike Fetrow of York County emergency management. Residential damage is largely basement flooding, he added.

Many homes will have to be disinfected, and many families will need assistance repairing or replacing appliances.

Local churches have been working together to help provide meals for flood survivors, help people "mud out" their basements, help clean up yards, and offer spiritual care for people, according to the Rev. Dan Wilcox at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Windsor.

"Churches and faith-based groups have been providing meals for about 120 people every night," he said.

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, and the American Red Cross were supporting churches in their response.

Grace United Methodist Church in Windsor was heavily damaged by floodwaters Sunday night. Pastor Gary Sowers said they lost everything in the church's basement, which housed the kitchen, all the Sunday School classrooms, and the boiler room.

'There's about four inches of mud throughout the whole basement," said Sowers, interim lay pastor for the church. 'The water mark on the walls down there is at my shoulders, and I'm 5'8"."

Sowers said several of his parishioners had flood damage as well and that cleaning up will be more challenging because many of them are elderly. "But Rev. Wilcox is helping organize relief efforts, and we're getting help from other United Methodist churches in our district."

Grace UMC is 150 years old and its congregation is dedicated to keeping it going, said Sowers. "We still need to check the foundation to see if it's okay, but we're all united in this effort," he said. "I thank God for the people here, they're so determined."

Sowers added that the church will continue its Sunday services.

Windsor has a population of about 1,500 people. A neighboring town, Felton, also saw flood damage.

The deaths occurred when a vehicle was swept away by floodwaters.


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