OKLAHOMA CITY (July 6, 2007) – The Arkansas-Oklahoma Division of The Salvation Army continues to be active in relief and recovery efforts from disastrous floods in Northeastern Oklahoma.
According to Oklahoma Emergency Management, 239 homes are completely destroyed in Miami and 11 in Bartlesville. Also, over 300 received major damage, 150 with minor damage and another 80 plus have been affected by the flood waters in the two communities. Local officials continue to revise the number of persons that are expected to be displaced for weeks leading into months.
The Salvation Army in Bartlesville continues to serve meals three times a day at 101 N. Bucy. Additionally, canteen crews are serving three hot meals, along with snacks, sandwiches, bottled water, and clean-up kits. Canteens will operate daily until further notice. Through July 5, Bartlesville had served 1,511 meals, 1,656 drinks, and 1,053 snacks. They have also given out 34 bibles, 45 clean-up kits and provided pastoral care to 158 persons. Since the beginning of the operation on Saturday, June 30, volunteers have logged 584 hours.
A relief crew from Ponca City is headed to help in Bartlesville and another crew from Enid is expected to arrive to begin assisting on Sunday evening.
In Miami, the mission is beginning to change. Captain Bobby Carr and a crew combined of Sapulpa, Tulsa Citadel, and local volunteers had served 1,645 meals through Thursday, July 5. As of today, the canteen and crew are moving to a different location to help assist with meals in another part of town where the need is growing rapidly. A crew from Fayetteville, Arkansas will be arriving in Miami on Saturday morning. Additionally, the canteen from Oklahoma City is being moved to have a large unit available to assist with mobile feeding in the south part of town. It is expected the need will be for two to three units in the area for the next several days.
The Miami location has been feeding many National Guard troops helping with security as well as emergency officials. One of the men commented the meatloaf served for dinner was as good as his mama makes! Yesterday, some of the individuals actually impacted by the flood came in for hot meals as well. One man returned and gave the crew all the fresh tomatoes he was able to save from the garden behind his flooded home. In another act of community spirit, a local farmer brought eggs from his farm so he could help feed his neighbors.
A state-wide VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) has been called for Saturday afternoon so agencies can work together to help fulfill the needs throughout the state. Other areas in the state have been impacted by flooding as well.
The Division’s warehouse has been emptied of water and clean-up kits. Monetary donations are needed to help with relief efforts. Donations may made by going to www.salvationarmyusa.org or calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.