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Over the Christmas and New Year’s week, severe storms caused major flooding that inundated parts of the South and Midwest and also spawned powerful, deadly tornados.
According to the National Weather Service, tornados devastated the Dallas, TX area. Nine twisters, including an EF4 tornado in nearby Garland, with wind gusts up to 200 miles per hour, were recorded.
Flash floods due to record rainfall in Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama, Kansas, Arkansas and Tennessee caused additional fatalities and damage in what became a weeklong outbreak of severe weather.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) responded to the flood and tornado outbreak with emergency funding to the Central Texas, Mississippi, North Texas and Tennessee Annual Conferences. The agency is in contact with the Missouri and Great Plains conferences to provide aid for disaster recovery in those areas. UMCOR is also working with national partners in planning for additional flood response along the Mississippi River, where floodwaters are moving downstream.
According to Greg Forrester, UMCOR’s U.S. Disaster Response executive, Early Response Teams have been deployed to assess damages and provide recovery assistance in eight conferences, including the Oklahoma Conference, which in addition to flooding, was shaken, without damages or casualties, by an earthquake.
More than 2,500 cleanup buckets were shipped from UMCOR’s Relief-Supply Network for distribution in the areas of need; another 720 cleanup buckets, plus 1,400 health kits, were delivered to flood-affected residents in Missouri.