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ERD responds after disasters in Washington and North Carolina

[Episcopal Relief and Development]  Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) is providing emergency assistance to communities affected by recent flooding in Washington state and tornadoes in North Carolina.

Record rainfall has caused mudslides and flooding in Western Washington. Flooding in areas including North Bend, Fall City and Carnation made rivers overflow their banks. "A levee broke in North Bend, sending water down into the town of Snoqualmie," said the Rev. Patricia Baker, rector of St. Clare Episcopal Church in Snoqualmie. "Many homes and small businesses were inundated with water. The greatest need is for other members of the greater community."

ERD is providing emergency assistance to the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia to supply food, clothing and temporary shelter to people directly affected by the floods. The funds will support the work being undertaken at St. Clare's, which is serving as a staging area and resource for those in need.

Eight people were killed and dozens others injured, including four children who are in critical condition, after a tornado struck Riegelwood, North Carolina. A devastating storm system, from Louisiana to Maine, caused heavy flooding, severe thunderstorms and strong winds. In Columbus County, the tornado devastated a swath of land half a mile wide and nearly a mile long.

ERD is providing assistance to the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina for critical aid such as emergency food, shelter and housing to those directly impacted by the storm. "I thank [ERD] for your concern for the victims of the tornadoes in Riegelwood, North Carolina," said Bishop Clifton Daniel, III, of the Diocese of East Carolina. The Rev. Nan Chandler, a rector in the diocese, is organizing an unmet needs committee for the community consisting of local clergy from several denominations.

To help people affected by disasters, please make a donation to the Emergency Relief Fund at, or call 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5129. Gifts can be mailed to: Episcopal Relief and Development "Emergency Relief Fund" P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.