Resource Centers Available to Help Flood Victims

Agencies are now coming to the rescue to help those who lost everything in the recent flood.

Today, the state set up 2 multi-agency resource centers offering dozens of services to help with the recovery.

9&10 News spent part of the day at the center in Evart, seeing what it’s all about.

More than 1 week ago, Newaygo and Osceola counties dealt with water levels not seen in years along the Muskegon River. Many homes were devastated.

Over the weekend, waters finally receded to the point where homeowners were able to return home to start cleaning up the mess.

“One very big help has been the Southern Baptist Convention, they provide what they call muck outs, so it cleans up. They cut along the drywall above the flood line and they clean everything out, dry it out and provide chemicals for it,” says Luther Lovell, director of Mecosta and Osceola Department of Human Services. Many in Evart were grabbing pamphlets, clean up kits, and information from many different agencies and it was all in one location.

The Sacred Heart Church in Evart will be open again this Friday from noon until 4pm. There was a resource center also provided at the St. Bartholomew Church in Newaygo today, which is also open through Saturday, from 1-5pm. For more information contact the Osceola County Department of Human Services at (231) 743-9877.