As homeowners continue to cleanup their houses and services from the rain the city of Waseca is providing some info so everyone keeps themselves safe throughout their clean-up and remediation efforts.
Created: 10/02/2016 6:42 PM
(ABC 6 News)– It has been just over a week since major flooding across our area. In Albert Lea, volunteers from Minnesota United Methodist Disaster Response Team are helping residents with clean up.
The water levels may be getting back to normal, but the aftermath is what many residents in Albert Lea need help with.
Most of them have never experienced this and don’t have a clue as to what they should be doing. They’re just really lost and looking for somebody that cares. We show that we care and we can come in and help them the best we can, get through these very trying times that they are going through, says team leader, Gary Klason.
The United Methodist Disaster Response Team traveled down from Minneapolis to help with clean up and for support.
Sometimes they go into the depression stage to where they get depressed and we can help them through that. We don’t try and be psychologist, or therapist, or anything like that, but just by showing that we care we can change their attitude, says Klason.
The two homes cleaned out on Saturday had sewage back up into their basements during the flooding. For one resident, because of health problems, he needed all the help he could get.
Getting rid of the trash that they hauled out of the basement and the wet stuff was his priority. Now he’s ready to move on to the next stage. We did what he asked he was very thankful that we did it, says Klason.
Gail Johnson, who is a volunteer with United Methodist Disaster Response Team, says it’s a rewarding feeling helping people in need.
Its such a little thing we can do and it’s such a big thing for them. It’s what my soul calls out to do, so it’s, I mean we just really focus on it, sharing God’s love to people who are feeling very abandoned at the time, says Johnson.
Around 4 volunteers helped over the weekend, but that may change.
Well probably have bigger teams if they continue to do this and people have a little bit more planning time, says Johnson.
All the volunteers that are involved with the response team have gone through training.