Early on the morning of March 6, 2019, while most of us were asleep in our beds, NECHAMA staff left our Minnesota warehouse to begin a two and a half day journey to California to assess the flooding situation in the northern part of the state. The counties of Sonoma, Amador, Glenn, Lake, and Mendocino were inundated with flood water by the Russian River following heavy rainfalls last week, and remain at risk with additional storms potentially on the horizon.
According to reports in USA Today, the river swelled to near its highest level in a quarter-century, flooded 2,000+ homes, killing at least one person and turning parts of at least two northern California towns into “islands.” Residents were forced to use kayaks and canoes instead of cars to get to and from their damaged homes. California Governor Gavin Newsom declared an emergency in five counties, while officials ordered about 3,500 people to evacuate.
During our assessment, NECHAMA will meet with partner organizations, identify the communities where the need is greatest, and determine our capacity to assist.
Your donation to NECHAMA’s Disaster Response Fund is critical to getting our teams on the ground quickly, ready to respond to the needs we might find during this assessment phase. Every donation matters – for when we all come together for the common good of others, our impact is great!