The last couple of weeks have been rough for people directly affected by flooding when the winter snow melted over the course of two days.

While a few properties in the Drumheller Valley were hit, a lot of people in Beiseker saw their basements flood when the village's sewers backed up. The group Samaritan's Purse has been helping homeowners there who were caught without insurance.

"It actually started out that there was a family in need that didn't have insurance, and they had three autistic kids," explained Tammy Suitor of the Domestic Disaster Relief Manager, who answered a call from the county office. "As we were there, one of the cousellors knew some people in town that she though be be in the same boat, and so we ended up working on six homes."

"It's really hard on home owners because they see all of their possessions, usually it's pictures and stuff that they've been saving from their kids and different things like that, and they can see the devastation right in front of them," she remarked. "When you're in a fire situation it's just gone, so you don't have to re-live that again, right?"

The Samaritan's Purse workers helped clean out the basements and get rid of things too damaged to keep, along with replacing drywall and other building materials.

Suitor said it's their mandate to help those who don't have anywhere else to turn.

"This one family that we started with, they had trouble with their last insurance (company), so they had canceled that and they just hadn't got their other one in place yet," she told 99.5 Drum FM. "For some people, they're just not able to afford it at that moment, it's either feed my kids or pay my insurance."

After the cleanup, each home owner was presented with a bible signed by the volunteers. To learn more about the relief work that Samaritan's Purse does follow this link.


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