TBM disaster relief volunteers relocate to mining town

Terry Henderson, state disaster relief director for Texas Baptist Men, talks with a homeowner in Jamestown, Colo., in his yard covered with a mound of debris after James Creek flooded. Four feet of sand filled the man’s home. (TBM PHOTO)

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After preparing more than 600 meals and cleaning mud from several homes in Loveland, Colo., Texas Baptist Men disaster relief volunteers relocated to a previously isolated mining town northwest of Boulder.

tbm relief jamestown400Terry Henderson and Harold Patterson from Texas Baptist Men visit with a Jamestown, Colo., resident about plans to move the debris in front of his home. (TBM PHOTO)While disaster relief teams worked in Loveland, TBM Disaster Relief Director Terry Henderson and his wife, Barbara, traveled to Jamestown, Colo., to assess needs.

“The trip to Jamestown was perilous, through rain and snow, and many of the dirt roads and overpasses were washed out,” TBM spokesperson Stephanie Midkiff noted.

The Hendersons discovered homes destroyed by flooding, with mounds of rock and debris littering the landscape. One home was filled with 4 feet of sand, and a mound of debris in the homeowners’ front yard topped 10 feet.

Access to some homes in Jamestown had been cut off, and when the Hendersons arrived, the town lacked running water and electricity.

“The ray of hope in this devastation is that the director of missions has indicated this could open the door for a church plant,” Barbara Henderson said.

North Carolina Baptist Men assumed responsibility for remaining disaster relief projects in Loveland, and TBM began work with skid-steers and clean-up crews in Jamestown.

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