Samaritan’s Purse is still on site in Abbotsford with rescue experts


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dated: 2022-11-19 19:11:39 .

Samaritan’s Purse Canada is one of many volunteer and staff organizations mobilized last year to help Abbotsford and other flooded communities.

They quickly arrived in the city and helped out at the evacuation center in Tradex. But they also brought with them a specially equipped disaster response unit, which they used as a command center to help people who had been evacuated from their homes.

This was conducted at Northview Community Church and helped provide guidance to those who wanted to help but didn’t know how.

The organization’s response units are tractor-trailers equipped with disaster response equipment, including generators, pumps, hand tools and safety gear for volunteers. They trained volunteers who were then sent to the Sumas Prairies to help with the massive cleanup effort.

And the organization is still in Abbotsford, as well as in Merritt, which also experienced devastating flooding.

Kandy White is one of two recovery specialists still working in Abbotsford, helping people with long-term recovery, including dealing with red tape, connecting people with support and continuing to help clean up.

“I can help wherever needed,” White said. “We are building a bridge to a long-term rise.”

White has lived in Abbotsford for two decades and is dedicated to finding ways to help people no matter where they are in their recovery process. She has one year left in her current role at Samaritan’s Purse.

“There is no short-term solution,” she said. “You can’t expect it to be better in a year or even two years. Samaritan’s Purse is here to stand by those affected by the disaster and provide all the support they need.”

Just this month, someone called her and said they were finally ready to meet with the Red Cross and wanted her to go with them for support.

“There are people who slipped through the cracks, or who maybe disappeared or just weren’t willing to come forward,” she said. “Everyone moves at a different pace.”

White receives calls and emails every day from people who are still looking for a relationship or who may need more help over time.

And they also deal a little with public relations.

They helped deliver presentations at Semá:th Elementary School for parents and teachers focused on mental health training.

Children in the area, as well as their parents and teachers, have mental health issues, White said.

Giving staff and parents tools to help their children will go a long way toward healing.

“It’s one of the best things I’ve ever been a part of,” she said.

READ MORE: Abbotsford flood one year on: A timeline of the disaster

For more information see The Abbotsford News ‘Stronger Together’ special. The flood: a year later.

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