A slow-moving storm dumped more than six inches of rain on Calgary, AB in Western Canada. The resulting flood waters forced the evacuation of 25 local communities involving more than 100,000 residents.
CalgaryInitial estimates place the damages anywhere from $3 billion to $5 billion (CAD), although that figure could rise as the flood waters recede and officials further assess the damage. Most of downtown Calgary was included in the evacuation at waters poured into the 17,000 seat SaddleDome, home to the NHL's Calgary Flames and through the famous Calgary Stampede grounds. Numerous businesses have been damaged or destroyed.
This week the water has begun to recede, but the aftermath has left many areas uninhabitable, covered in mud and drying sewage. Cleanup from this disaster will stretch into the coming weeks, if not months.
Hand of Hope, the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries, is already working to provide relief for the victims of this massive flood. Hand of Hope is working in tandem with local organizations to reach out to those who have suffered loss in the wake of this terrible event.
Your partnership with Joyce Meyer Ministries makes these and many more relief efforts possible. Being there for those who have lost and are hurting in the wake of disasters is one of the main goals of Hand of Hope. After events like Hurricane Sandy, the Moore, OK tornadoes and now, Calgary, thousands are in need of homes and basic, life-sustaining materials. With your support, Hand of Hope works with the local churches and agencies to provide resources so that those who have experienced loss can begin to heal and know the love of Christ in the moment of their pain.
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