North Georgia Team Helps as Flood Recovery Continues in South Carolina


Team leader Rev. Michael Dunar helping with Flood recovery at Canaan UMC. Photo courtesy of the South Carolina Conference.

By Matt Brodie
South Carolina Conference

It’s been more than three months since the congregation at Canaan United Methodist Church, Ridgeville, felt the devastating effects of the historic flooding in South Carolina. But even though the floodwaters have long since receded, the aftermath is still strongly felt. The congregation has been unable to worship at Canaan since the flooding.

“Not being able to worship here has been hard,” says Irlean Thompson, Canaan’s lay leader. “Many are going to our sister church, Sandhill UMC.”

Recovery efforts are still under way to restore the building and bring worship back.  A Disaster Response Team from North Georgia spent three days after Christmas doing their best to help get Canaan back on its feet.

The seven-member team, led by Rev. Michael Dunbar, pastor at New Covenant UMC in Georgia, worked 12-hour days for three days straight and partnered with members from Canaan to help remove the ruined tile flooring.

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