Youth Join in Post-Flood Cleanup Efforts in Wyoming
Contributed By Michelle S. Badger, Casper Wyoming Stake public affairs media specialist
- Over 120 youth and 150 adult volunteers from the Casper Wyoming Stake assisted in flood cleanup efforts on June 13.
- Over 6,000 pounds of supplies were provided by the LDS Humanitarian Center and the bishops’ storehouse in Salt Lake City.
“These young people and their leaders have just come in, and they took over and worked themselves so hard hauling stuff. They are a great blessing.” —Christine Parker
Over 120 youth from the Casper Wyoming Stake dropped their plans for a youth conference to assist in flood cleanup efforts in Lusk, Wyoming, on June 13. They were joined by 150 adult volunteers from the stake as well as volunteers from several different organizations who had coordinated through Crisis Cleanup.
After unexpected flash flooding on June 4, the cities of Lusk, Manville, and Van Tassel in eastern Wyoming sustained major damage to homes, businesses, and road infrastructures. Several areas were evacuated, and others were left without power, electricity, and potable water.
Over 6,000 pounds of supplies—including cleanup kits, water, safety equipment, first aid kits, gloves, rubber boots, tools for demolition, and garbage bags—were provided by the LDS Humanitarian Center and the bishops’ storehouse in Salt Lake City. After assessing the damage, the volunteers were divided into platoons to tackle several projects at once. Volunteers spent the day hauling mud out of basements; removing tile, carpet, and damaged sheet rock; clearing fence lines; and disposing of debris.
Christine Parker said, “These young people and their leaders have just come in, and they took over and worked themselves so hard hauling stuff. They are a great blessing. I don’t know what I would have done without them.”
Mormon youth cleaning basements damaged by the flood in Lusk, Wyoming. Photo by Orson T. Badger.
Elizabeth May and Abbie Chambers work with other volunteers to remove debris. Photo by Orson T. Badger.
Jacob Bertagnole and Catherine Pickrell help remove debris in Lusk, Wyoming. Photo by Orson T. Badger.
Latter-day Saint volunteers remove mud from a home’s basement in Lusk, Wyoming. Photo by Orson T. Badger.