Volunteers sought for SE Kansas flood relief


The disaster response coordinator for the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church is seeking trained early response team members for work in Baxter Springs in southeast Kansas as the area recovers from flooding.

“Two homes are identified that need to be mucked out at this time, according to emergency management,” the Rev. Hollie Tapley said Monday, with the possibility of as many as a dozen others in need of assistance in the Cherokee County town of 4,200.

Tapley will meet volunteers at 1 p.m. Wednesday, with work scheduled through the end of the day Thursday with the possibility of more to be done on Friday, she said.

Those interested in participating can email her, htapley@greatplainsumc.org, for information on a meeting place. A local church will provide housing with showers for volunteers, but those arriving must bring their own bedding, she said.

Floods late last month along the Spring River were about 19 feet over flood stage.

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