Carolina parishes report flooding and property damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence

September 19, 2018 by Jonathan Foggin

Water has begun to recede at All Saints, Wilmington, but the full extent of damage remains to be seen.

This past weekend Hurricane Florence came ashore near Wilmington, North Carolina.  While winds were not as strong as forecasters had originally feared, the storm dumped massive amounts of rain on the state, not only at the shore, but hundreds of miles inland.  In some places rainfall has exceeded 30 inches, causing waterways to overflow and concerns about dams being breached.

Bishop David Haines, of the Anglican Province of America, reports that the parish hall at All Saints, Wilmington has been flooded, and that one parish family has lost their home.  Father Robert Hart in Chapel Hill, North Carolina has informed Bishop Haverland that St. Benedict's escaped significant damage, but that his own home was flooded.  A well-known university town, Chapel Hill is over two-hundred miles inland, which shows just how far the damage from Florence has reached.  Parishes in South Carolina seem to have been spared the brunt of the storm, but reports are still coming in.

The bishops of the Anglican Province of America (APA), Anglican Catholic Church (ACC), Anglican Church in America (ACA), and the Diocese of the Holy Cross (DHC) have called for the establishment of a fund to assist the parishes and missions in the rebuilding efforts, regardless of jurisdiction. All the proceeds of this fund will go directly to the congregations in need and to assist parishioners who have been impacted by Hurricane Florence.

Those who are interested in donating to relief efforts may do so through the St. Paul Mission Society. Checks should be marked 'hurricane relief' and sent to PO Box 5223, Athens, GA, 30606.  Online donations may be made by clicking here.

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