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Baptists continue flood relief efforts


MIAMI, OKLA. (BP) — Despite the Fourth of July holiday, Southern Baptist disaster relief crews in Kansas and Oklahoma braced for a busy week, as floodwaters continued to rise in those two states.

“We’re ramping up and the Oklahoma Baptist disaster relief team is on alert,” said Sam Porter, disaster relief coordinator for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.

Porter mobilized the Oklahoma Baptists’ large feeding unit, with 25-30 volunteers racing to Miami to get the unit up and running to serve some 2,000 meals a day.

John Lucas, disaster relief coordinator for the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists, said serious flooding in Kansas will necessitate disaster relief mobilization, but not until the state has assessed the damages and told him where to set up.

As of July 13 twenty-eight units from thirteen states were in the area. See related story on page 3.