Conference Disaster Response Coordinator Calvin Cook reported Sept. 23 that the response work in the Fayette County community of Dunbar has been completed. At least 25 homes were affected when Dunbar Creek overflowed its banks on Aug. 23.
The Rev. Terry Teluch, pastor of Uniontown Larger Parish, which includes two Dunbar churches, was a daily presence as residents requested help and teams worked on nine homes, Cook said.
“The flooding had an effect on the entire downtown area of Dunbar,” said Cook, a coordinator of the Conference Disaster Response Ministry, who toured the area with Connellsville District Superintendent Bill Blair and others after a request for assistance from local groups. “Nearly 25 homes in that area were affected and residents of about 18 homes have requested further assistance.”
This flooding impacted the entire community, including our United Methodist churches, Cook said. “Fortunately the churches in Dunbar, the local officials, and the County Emergency Management Agency were working together to do everything within their power to reduce pain
Volunteers from Dunbar and other area communities pitched in to help the week after the flooding.
Connellsville Area Community Ministries took flood clean-up materials immediately after the flooding. Cook said CACM Executive Director Chip Rowan will act as a resource to refer Dunbar residents seeking help beyond the scope of UMC volunteers.
The Rev. Nelson Thayer brought the UMCOR trailer from the Eastbrook Mission Barn to the Dunbar Municipal Building to store cleaning materials, tools and equipment for volunteers.