Flooding Responses Continue
Two weeks after severe flooding inundated the Walla Walla Valley, water levels in the region’s rivers and creeks have subsided substantially. However, the levels still remain higher than normal for this time of year as officials are lowering reservoirs in anticipation of flood season (March/April) due to a larger amount of snow pack at higher elevations.
As a result, The Center for Humanitarian Engagement here at Walla Walla University is still responding to calls for disaster assistance throughout nearby communities in partnership with local and international agencies. However, state and international agencies (Samaritan's Purse, Team Rubicon, Southern Baptist, WA Conservation Corps) are all leaving this week due to a lack of funding or to be re-assigned to another emerging need in Mississippi.
We are incredibly appreciative for all of the volunteer support that our community has given so far and know that there is still help that is needed now and in the foreseeable future.
Here are some areas that are still in immediate need where you can get involved:
- Join a flood response strike team with the Washington State Conservation Corps.
Flood response teams are still needed to remove mud out of critical residential areas. If you are interested in volunteering to help with this effort, please meet up with us at the Center for Humanitarian Engagement Office located in room 217 in Kretschmar Hall on the Walla Walla University campus at 1 p.m. Friday, February 21, 8 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. (for a half-day) on Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23. Equipment and tools will be provided for volunteers as much as possible.
- Donate to the Flood Relief fund through the Walla Walla University Church.
- For more volunteer opportunities: Text WWFlood to 51400
Since last week, we have continued to connect and build relationships with those in need throughout our community. It is still amazing to see how our assistance—your assistance—is leaving a warm and positive impression on the lives of others. Thank you for your continued prayer and support.
E. David Lopez
P.S. CARE this weekend will be responding to the flooding both in Pendleton and Kooskooskie.