“Church Helps Clean after Flooding in Florida,” Liahona, Sept. 2009, N7
The Church, in partnership with the American Red Cross, distributed cleaning kits to Pensacola and Live Oak, Florida, USA, after flooding claimed two lives, destroyed 125 houses, damaged more than 500 homes, and led to the closure of 336 roads and 25 bridges.
A series of storms caused rivers in northern Florida to overflow their banks, causing the flooding. After the initial flooding, severe weather continued, hampering recovery efforts.
The flooding damaged houses in 16 counties across Florida. Authorities called for an evacuation of six counties: Calhoun, Columbia, Hamilton, Madison, Suwannee, and Walton. All missionaries were safe, and no members were injured or killed. Several member families were evacuated and stayed with family or other Church members.
Of the damaged houses, at least 100 suffered major damage. The flooding did not damage any members’ homes or Church facilities.