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Tropical Storm Gaston

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Friday, September 3, 2004. The Disaster Services Team continues to respond to the needs of the community following the flooding caused by Gaston at the start of the week.
After Tropical Storm Gaston, The Salvation Army Canteens served over 1800 meals to emergency workers and residents displaced by the floods. The canteens were located at the City?s command post at 14 th & Main, where many buildings were off limits to the occupants; Woodcroft Village, in the Fulton area, where water was standing several feet high in the first-floor apartments; and, areas of Northside and Lakeside where homes were hit and families have lost nearly everything.

Monday, August 30, 2004 was a day unlike any other seen in the Richmond area in the memory of residents. Torrential downpours starting in the early afternoon that were remnants from Hurricane Gaston hit Central Virginia. By the time the evening commute arrived most people found themselves traversing roadways that resembled rivers or stuck in mile long lines of traffic that moved inches over the course of hours.
As the evening progressed and the flooding worsened The Salvation Army began to strategize its efforts for the relief effort that would follow. By 7 a.m. on the morning of August 31, 2004 Betty Edwards, volunteer contact for The Disaster Services team was at The Richmond Area Command lending her talents organizing the efforts and loading the Canteen to serve the Emergency workers and those still stranded in Shockoe Bottom.
By late afternoon The Salvation Army had dispatched 2 Canteens, the first to the Shockoe Bottom area and the second to Falling Creek. Our objective, meet human needs, in His name, without discrimination.
Each hour brings new pieces of information and we are working to fulfill our mission by lending a hand up to those in this time of need. We appreciate the on-going support of those in the community and thank you for your donations of time, goods and resources. Whether it?s through the donation of items, services, or financially know that The Salvation Army Richmond Area Command is working to make certain that we continue to do the most good with the resources you contribute to us to administer for our community. Make certain to check back for updates on this page.


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