Latter-day saint community volunteers have again donned their Mormon Helping Hands yellow vests to assist with flood recovery in South Australia.
On Saturday 19 February, the 30-strong Mormon Helping Hands crew hauled debris and broken fencing, and cleared overgrowth and rubbish at two properties north of Adelaide, still significantly impacted by the October 2016 floods.
The volunteers were members of the Modbury Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Adelaide. They answered the call for community assistance from the State Recovery Office, which oversees emergency recovery. Although months had passed since the storms and swollen river flooding, the property owners had struggled to clear their land.
The extra ‘manpower’ made a big difference.
“We managed to do more than the tasks requested by the owners, and you could really see the impact when we finished up,” said MHH supervisor Paul Griffin.
“It’s been a difficult time for the flood victims, and we were grateful for the chance to lend a hand. It’s our community too, and rallying helpers for our neighbours in need is the sort of service that uplifts the volunteers as well as the people who need help.”
LDS volunteers have given assistance to flood affected residents throughout the four months since the flood emergency. The latest effort helped clear the land around some of the worst-hit homes that are still deemed unliveable.
“‘We are so grateful for the assistance Mormon Helping Hands gives to the South Australian community in recovery” said SRO project Georgina Goodrich.
“The willingness to support those affected is greatly appreciated and goes a long way towards supporting recovery.”