Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Operations begin to kick into gear. Staying ahead of the avalanche of phone calls, tweets, and text messages of offers for help was overwhelming! In times of crisis, many people want to do something (anything) and they don't realize folks on the ground have not even assessed what is necessary or even helpful yet. Please understand if we don't get right back with you as it is you and hundreds (yes, hundreds) of others who rush in immediately. We will contact you or, even better, give us about a week or two and contact us. By then, we will be out of the media eye and we will need volunteers to do the medium and long term work. Please don't forget this will be a long-term recovery effort.

Thanks to Christina Page, the beginnings of THE LIST of needed items takes shape. You can access this list on our Facebook page by clicking here. Yes, we take Amazon Prime shipments to the church!

Clark's Hardware in Ellicott City stepped up in an amazing way. Margaret Clark was there from the beginning sending us shovels, wheelbarrows, and work gloves. Today, she brought us 30 high speed fans!

 Margaret Clark and her daughter with Mother Anjel.

Margaret Clark and her daughter with Mother Anjel.

Mtr. Anjel had a chance to walk the West End to assess the damage and talk to the neighbors whose homes were affected. Consensus is this is worse than the 2016 flood. Our sexton, Barrington Sweeney, has lived on the West End all his life and his family has been here for over 100 years. He made significant improvements to his home after the 2016 flood so he sustained minimal damage this time. He reported that the water line this time was 5" higher than the 2016 flood.

Howard County officially moved their credentialing (badge issuing) operations to the parking lot at St. Peter's today. Gator transports took residents and business owners down to get an initial assessment and 15 minutes to grab essentials. Mother Anjel and Deb Lewin went down to check on our friend Dave Carney at the Wine Bin later in the day.

 Deb Lewin gives free hugs and works hard for the people in Ellicott City!

Deb Lewin gives free hugs and works hard for the people in Ellicott City!