UPDATE 7/3 Rio Grande Valley flooding: The Salvation Army responds

Dallas, Texas (July 3, 2019) – Staff and volunteers from several Salvation Army Corps and Service Units in the Rio Grande Valley have stepped up their relief efforts after extensive flooding in the area. Several counties have been affected and The Salvation Army continues to provide food, practical assistance and emotional and spiritual care.

In Harlingen, many residents are just returning to their homes and beginning the challenging work of cleaning and removing soaked furniture, carpets and belongings. Debris and discarded furniture line the streets and staff and volunteers from the Harlingen Corps and the Port Isabel Service Unit are working to the meet the practical needs of the community. Bulk distribution has begun of cleaning supplies, clothing and prepared food boxes provided by Midwest Food Bank. The Salvation Army case workers will begin meeting with individuals and families to provide individualized assistance in Harlingen early next week.

“We are grateful to our partner, Midwest Food Bank, who continues to provide support in the communities we serve affected by disasters,” said Alvin Migues, The Salvation Army Divisional Disaster Services Director in Texas. “Partnerships play an integral part in any successful response effort and The Salvation Army is blessed to work with tremendous local and national agencies, such as Midwest Food Bank.”

Meanwhile, The Salvation Army in McAllen has continued to support feeding operations in shelters established in three counties where a state of disaster has been declared by Texas Governor Gregg Abbott. Close to 2,000 meals per day have been provided to residents affected by the flooding. Local partners have come alongside the Army to provide food and volunteers, and much needed extra manpower arrived in the form of The Salvation Army Summer Service Corps. This team of young Salvationists from across the Southern Territory have worked diligently to prepare and serve meals as part of their summer ministry trip.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s current disaster response efforts or to donate please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.


Dallas, Texas (June 26, 2019) – A strong line of thunderstorms on Monday has caused extensive flooding in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. The Salvation Amy Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) staff and volunteers are providing meals, hydration and emotional and spiritual care in multiple communities at shelters set up by the Red Cross.

As many as 4,000 homes are estimated to be affected by flooding in Cameron, Willacy and Hidalgo Counties after up to 16” of rainfall. More than 24 hours after the rain stopped residents have reported that water continues to rise, and many residents remain without power.

“The Salvation Army is working closely with local emergency management to meet the evolving needs across a three-county area,” said Alvin Migues, The Salvation Army EDS Director. “One of the challenges we are dealing with is that multiple cities are affected, including Harlingen, Raymondville, Santa Rosa, Sebastian, Lyford and Mercedes. Travel is difficult due to the flooding. The Salvation Army building in Harlingen has flooded but our people are still out there serving those in need.”

Emergency managers are encouraging residents to evacuate their homes and so far, The Salvation Army relief services have been limited to area shelters. “As the water recedes and people return to their homes in the coming days, The Salvation Army will be there to provide meals and assistance where needed,” said Migues.






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