The Aftermath of Hurricane Zeta

October 29, 2020
There is no dispute 2020 has been an unprecedented year. Hurricanes have been no exception. After still reeling from Hurricane Sally just weeks ago, Hurricane Zeta packed a powerful punch in the Alabama-West Florida Conference. The category two storm made landfall in Louisiana on October 28, 2020, yet shifted to the northeast and raced through Alabama and Northwest Florida. 

The following is a damage report from the Mobile area. 

Chatom UMC-tree damage
Citronelle UMC-tree damage at parsonage; damage to roof at church and limbs/trees down. The town is being called, "destroyed."
Coden UMC-flooding in sanctuary
Crawford UMC-damage to awning and cross 
Dauphin Island UMC-flooding
Ebenezer UMC-tree damage
Mt Vernon UMC- tree on fence; cemetery road blocked; two members with large oak trees down; parsonage has trees down and sections of shingles missing
Pine Grove-tree damage
Satsuma UMC-parsonage has extensive limbs down; two members with trees on their house 
Tanner Williams UMC-roof damage
Wilmer UMC - trees and limb damage

The AWF Disaster Response team, under the leadership of Rev. Chris Ackerman, will continue to communicate the greatest needs for both Hurricanes Laura and Zeta. Clergy should contact their district disaster response coordinator if your church or clergy home has damage that is not on this list. 

"It is unbelievable to think that we are faced with yet more storm damage," stated Bishop Graves. "However, we certainly have experience and an outstanding team that will respond to Hurricane Zeta in impactful ways just as we have to prior natural disasters. Whether you are in conference or in another part of the country, we need your help. Please prayerfully consider sending a work team or monetary donation. We need our connection more than ever and will collectively work to show communities that the United Methodist Church is an integral part of their livelihood." 

Work teams are still greatly needed along the coast. Please register your team through this form. As always, monetary donations are needed and greatly appreciated as we recover and rebuild. Click here to donate.