Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers heading to Vermont to help flood victims


SUWANEE, Ga. — Crews from Georgia churches are deploying to Vermont to help victims in what has been described as that state’s worst natural disaster in nearly a century.

Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief Director Dwain Carter said flood response units are expected to pull out Monday morning en route to Barre, Vt., one of the hardest hit communities.

“This is some of the worst flooding that these regions have ever seen,” Carter said Sunday.

Parts of Vermont received up to two months’ worth of rain in a matter of days.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott requested and received a major federal disaster declaration, which means the state now qualifies for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Northeast Baptist Convention requested assistance from Georga’s disaster relief crews. Carter said he is sending two teams made up of about 20 volunteers to help residents with cleanup now that the floodwaters have receded.

Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief  teams routinely deploy to natural disasters across the country and beyond. In the past two years, they've responded numerous times  in the aftermath of hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and wildfires. They also deployed to Poland to assist Ukranian refugees fleeing their homeland after the Russian invasion.