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Hurricane Wilma hits Florida

Relief efforts were under way just hours after Hurricane Wilma hit southern Florida Oct. 24.

At presstime, eight ELCA congregations in the affected areas reported minimal landscape damage, water seepage or damaged roofs in their buildings. However, a Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod congregation, Our Savior in Lake Worth, lost its sanctuary, according to theFlorida-Bahamas Synod Web site (www.fbsynod.org).

Lutheran Disaster Response (www.elca.org/disaster), a ministry of the ELCA and LCMS, reported that several offices used by Lutheran Services of Florida sustained extensive damage—one was deemed unfit for occupation. Little had been reported from Naples and points south, the areas hardest hit by Wilma.

LDR, in cooperation with local Lutheran partner agencies, is assessing damages for recovery efforts. Danielle Kearney, statewide LDR disaster coordinator, said a shelter is in operation in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and supplies, such as ice and drinking water, are being delivered by agencies around the state. The LDR emotional and spiritual care team is prepared for deployment to help those affected by the storm.


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