Faith-based Recovery Efforts Reach Indiana

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Devestating floods have left people across the Midwest states scrambling to clean up and start over.

While much of the focus has been on Iowa, little is known about the recovery efforts in Indiana.

"We had people neighbors and family coming and knocking on the door and telling us that we needed to get in out in a hurry because the water is raising," flood victim Tina Rogers said. "I didn't believe it at first, I had to see it myself. It was coming up to the door and we had to have a boat come and get us … you can see this is everything that was in there. We lost practically everything."

Flood waters rose as high as three feet in some places.

"The type of flooding has been devastating as far as the amount of rain. And the time period was so compressed that it just created many, many more problems than normal flooding would cause in Indiana. Right now, we have more than 22 counties that have been declared for disaster assistance," FEMA spokeman Gene Romano said.

Although waters are receeding, clean-up is just beginning here in Indiana.

Operation Blessing is on the scene to help with over 400 homes that have been destroyed since flooding began May 30.

"The role that the voluntary agencies and especially the faith-based groups have played in the devastation that weve faced pretty much throughout half of the state. Its been outstanding," Romano said.

Operation Blessing immediately donated water, medical supplies, and food to those 44 affected counties. When all the water clears, volunteers will assist with clean-up.

"We actually thank God for that help," flood victim Bertina Williams said. "We don't have any family here other than my brother and its really hard, its really hard. I just want people to know that it's not a one day thing, it's not a week thing. Like Katrina, we too will still need help to get on our feet."

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