In passing, it’s easy to think a flood will come and go. The water will evaporate and the town can be rebuilt. But if you’ve ever lived in a city or town that flooded, you know better. The cities and towns that have been overtaken by water and devastated by the flooding know the reality of rebuilding their town. It takes months, even years, to repair any flood damage that has been caused. The people of the town lose everything they knew and loved. From personal possessions to favorite coffee shops. The devastation is far reaching and can even affect bordering towns and cities. They have no choice but to build from the ground up, with nothing but a dismal outlook of the future and sour memories of the past they’ve lost.
THE GOOD NEWS: you can help make a difference to the areas devastated by flooding. You can help fix the damage that was caused by the flood and make a real difference in the world.
There are many outreach programs that run solely on volunteers, devoting their time to a great cause. Most cities and towns that have been affected by flooding rely on these outreach programs. Through these programs, the affected towns are offered support and assistance. With financial aid, they can be offered supplies to help rebuild everything they lost. As a volunteer, you can provide something more valuable than money: emotional support. This may not seem like a great gift, given the time of devastation. But, emotional support is always appreciated and it can help provide a more positive outlook for others.
Unfortunately, the risk of flooding is on the rise. Global warming may seem like a distant issue, but it isn’t. We face the effect of of global warming every single day. Our electricity is higher. Our heating costs rise in the winter and the summers have become a bit too hot. That same heat is melting the polar caps and causing a higher precipitation percentage. This will cause all the water levels around the world to rise. Once the sea level starts to rise, there are going to be many places that suffer from flooding. A flood that severe might have no chance of recuperation. We can start now to prevent that type of flooding. But there isn’t much we can do to prevent the current flood damage of these towns and cities.
Luckily, these towns can still be helped. They can be rebuilt. Although, hands are required to help, those cities and towns can be repaired. Their foundation can be rebuilt and the people given a new hope. But it all starts with the volunteers, like you.
Restoration and recuperation after flood damage isn’t easy. It’s a hard process, but a rewarding one. Especially to those who had the city they knew taken away from them.
Yes, the water dries. But the pain never truly fades away.
So do what you can and get active. Find your local outreach program and see what you can do to help. If you can make a financial donation, they are always appreciated. But your time is even more valuable and will be appreciated by everyone involved in the program.