Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota


Volunteers are needed for a weekend of helping flood impacted residents muck out their homes--September 24-25.

The Oahe Long Term Disaster Recovery Team and Lutheran Social Services are seeking volunteers for the project which will be held next weekend, September 24-25. “We will be moving into our next phase of Oahe Flood Relief with basement clean-out through an organized volunteer effort,” said volunteer coordinator Ron Nagle in a prepared statement.

“We have a trained staff of volunteers who are proficient performing basement clean-out (mucking) and will lead other volunteers in that effort in addition to other tasks. This effort will focus on assisting people with disabilities, the elderly, single parent homes and all others in this order.” More 40 homeowners have requested help with mucking out and more are expected to call once they learn of this next phase of the volunteer effort.

Nagle says those people needing assistance should call the Oahe Flood Helpline at 224-1189 or stop at Lutheran Memorial Church between 9 a.m.-6 p.m. to fill out a Request for Clean-up form.

Volunteers are asked to call the helpline at 224-1189 to find out information about the muck-out. Training and some equipment will be provided, but volunteers should plan to bring rain boots that can be cleaned, rubber gloves and old clothing since they will be working in areas that are dirty.

The first phase of clean-up which focused on sandbag removal is nearly complete. Nagel encourages anyone who still needs help removing sandbags to contact the Helpline no later than October 1. Volunteers will be assigned as they are available.

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