In the second serious flooding incident in central Texas in 2015, Ann Allen, a longtime member of the San Marcos UU Fellowship, had to be rescued in a Blackhawk helicopter after roads to her home were flooded.
The area also experienced severe flooding on Memorial Day, and while the SMUUF church building is on high ground and didn’t sustain damage in either flood, the May flooding seriously damaged the homes of two congregants. One lived in a mobile home that was swept away, said minister the Rev. Scottie (Marion) McIntyre Johnson.
Meanwhile, South Carolina continues to recover from disastrous floods that followed unprecedented rains in late September, killing at least 19 people.
The Rev. Jennie Barrington, of the UU Congregation of Columbia, S.C., said one congregant’s home was a total loss, and a number of other members had damage to the lower floors of their houses.
The 211-member congregation continues to assist flood victims, including through a special fund it set up to benefit those who’ve suffered, both in the congregation and in the wider community, including people who lost income, said Barrington.
Donations may be sent via check—with the notation “flood fund”—to the UU Congregation of Columbia, 2701 Heyward Street, Columbia SC 29205.
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Elaine McArdle is a UU World senior editor and a member of First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon. An award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she has also written for the Boston Globe, Harvard Law Bulletin, and others.
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