14.8.07

Flooding in Tactic



This is what we woke up to yesterday morning.



This is the 6" goat poop soup in our little goat shelter.

It's been raining every day and nearly every night for the past ten days and the forecast is calling for more rain. Fortunately, we are dry and our goats are dry too.

Our ministry director, Les Peters in an email:
Yesterday, when our evening church service ended, it began to rain. The downpour that followed quickly filled the creeks and rivers. The heavy rains continued through the night and many homes located in the valley were flooded. As the rain saturated the hillsides the soil became heavy with water, incredibly destructive landslides destroyed anything that stood in their way.

The president of Guatemala declared a state of emergency. Highways were flooded and blocked by landslides making travel impossible. Livestock crowded onto the highest spots in the fields that became islands as the waters rose. Schools and community halls filled up with those left homeless.

As I am writing this, the rain continues. Roads, bridges and retaining walls are succumbing to the pressure and force of the water. Whole neighborhoods are in danger.

Our home is on stable ground and we are safe….others are not so fortunate. Tonight, more people will lose their homes and more lives will be in danger.

Please pray for our community and our people. Please pray that our small congregation of new believers will be moved with compassion and minister to the many needs during this time of crisis.

Les


This is the inside of the church in Pasmolón that was destroyed in the landslide.
Photo by Les Peters



This is one of the houses that was flooded in Tactic, a two minute walk from my house. The waters have already receded two feet when this photo was taken yesterday.
Photo by Les Peters

5 comments:

dawn said...

Wow, that is terrible. I can't imagine the devastation going on around you. I hope the rain stops soon, and people can rebuild quickly.

Debby said...

Your home is dry inside? Seems like you guys are in a low area too. Did you have to bring the goat in the house?? I hope it stops raining soon too. Stay safe.

much-ado said...

Wow, unbelievable! How do you guys remain sane with all of this happening around you? I don't know how I could deal with this.

Anonymous said...

I had no idea. I'm glad you are okay. I'm concerned about everyone. How did you keep your goats dry in all that soup?
Salome

Steffi said...

Oh no-that´s looks not good!Now I think to the poor peoples there which lost their houses- terrible!