UMCOR Completes Flood Damage Repairs on 177 Homes in Clearfield Borough

CLEARFIELD – Faith-based organizations are continuing to help the victims of flooding in Clearfield Borough.

At Thursday’s Clearfield Borough Council meeting, Borough Operations Manager Leslie Stott said recovery work has made great progress in the borough following the June 2-3 flooding.

“There were 225 homes affected by the flood and there are only about 48 homes remaining,” Stott said. She said the United Methodist Committee on Relief has been working to provide assistance to those needing assistance.

She said demolition has started on a home on Williams Street, which had been heavily damaged in the flooding and reconstruction is expected to begin very soon.

UMCOR is still in town and continues to work to reach the home owners of the final 48 properties to ensure they receive the help they need.

According to its Web site, UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, as well as in the United States. They provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict or natural disasters disrupt life to such an extent communities are unable to recover on their own.

UMCOR believes that successful solutions to emergency or chronic conditions begin with the affected population. UMCOR provides survivors not only temporary relief, but also long-term education, training and support.

Stott said she also spoke to the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Team. She said the Southern Baptists have told her that they will return to Clearfield to continue with the recovery efforts if needed.

According to previously published GANT News articles, on the evening of June 2, a “stationary storm” dumped 5.1 inches of rain on Clearfield Borough, Lawrence Township and the surrounding areas in about three hours.

The rain fell so hard and so fast that the West Side area of the borough experienced significant flooding. Numerous residents had to be evacuated from their homes until the water receded.

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