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Response Underway: Pensacola Communities Underwater after Storm

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June 20, 2023 | 4:08 p.m.

Distribution continues in Pensacola, Florida, after a severe storm caused flash-flooding in the area. Convoy of Hope has distributed more than 24,400 pounds of relief supplies and served more than 1,200 people in the Pensacola and Gulf Breeze communities.

After a severe storm system made its way through the Panhandle last week, some areas received up to 17 inches of rain. Flooding can cause power, water, and gas outages, limiting people’s access to basic necessities. It can also bring damage to homes, buildings, and roads; pollute drinking water systems; and cause landslides and mudslides. 

When a family receives vital relief supplies distributed by Convoy of Hope, they can rest a little easier knowing their basic needs are met amid devastation.

June 19, 2023 | 1:14 p.m.

Convoy of Hope continues to respond to flooding in Florida with essential supplies, such as tarps, totes, cleaning products, water, hygiene items, and more. 

Drive-thru and mobile distributions took place in Pensacola, Florida, yesterday. Families and individuals received supplies that will help them in their cleanup efforts. 

The severe storms that rolled through the area last Thursday and Friday caused major flash-flooding. A tornado also spun up, sending a tree into a house and causing a fatality.

Flooding can be extremely dangerous and disastrous, so Convoy of Hope is there to assist survivors with supplies, such as hygiene kits and food. Small comforts like a favorite meal, a toothbrush, or cleaning supplies help provide people with a sense of normalcy and hope as they rebuild their lives.

June 16, 2023 | 12 p.m.

Convoy of Hope is responding to flooding in Florida by supplying food, water, and relief supplies to residents. Teams will continue to identify needs and provide relief for people devastated by the severe weather and subsequent flooding.

The severe storms that rolled through much of the South last night and today are the cause of the flash flood emergency for parts of Florida — especially in the Panhandle. Residents of the Pensacola metro area had to be rescued and evacuated. Some areas received up to 17 inches of rain.

“Extremely busy night for us,” Deputy Fire Chief Paul Williams with Escambia County Fire told CBS42. “There’s been numerous water rescues, flooding condition calls, rescuing folks from their houses or their cars when they’re driving through some intersections that are submerged with water.”

As of this morning, more than 84,000 people are without power in the state of Florida.

Felecia Bowser, meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, Florida, called the far-reaching inland storm system unprecedented for this time of year.

Storms can be unpredictable, and that’s why Convoy of Hope remains ready to respond when the need arises.

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