2024 NW IOWA Flooding


The Shower Trailer is in Spencer iowa! 

Our shower trailer is parked at 701 E 18th St, Spencer, IA 51301

It is open from 4pm to 9pm daily for Hot showers! 

Questions? Call Jim at 712.541.4150

NW iowa Flooding

On June 21st and 22nd, Northwest Iowa faced a catastrophic disaster as severe flooding ravaged the region. The aftermath has left over 1900 homes impacted, with hundreds destroyed. Some cities are grappling with water and power outages, amplifying the challenges faced by residents. In response, RMS's Disaster Response Committee has started actively raising funds and is looking for volunteers to come help! It's a sobering moment as many members of our supporting churches find themselves directly affected by this tragedy.

We urge you to join us in prayer for the families and congregations in these communities, as they navigate through this challenging time. To learn more about ways you can help please see below! 

7/9/2024 UPDATE

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Thank you for caring about the saints throughout Northwest Iowa who have experienced extensive damage due to the recent flooding. Your support and prayers mean a great deal to us and them!

The situation remains fluid, but here is the current update on our efforts:

  • Rock Valley URC: Approximately 4 feet of drywall has been removed from the basement, which includes classrooms and a fellowship hall. The carpet and carpet glue have been removed, the flooded electrical system was removed and new equipment was installed.  One HVAC unit has been replaced and they are waiting on parts to try to repair 4 other units. 
  • Community Support: Rev. Caleb Castro from Rock Valley URC has been distributing gift cards to the local grocery store at his discretion to people in the church and community. Along with these, he provides Disaster Response cards that point people to a video made by the Institute for Reformed Biblical Counseling (IRBC). 
  • Shower Trailer: We have set up our shower trailer in Spencer, Iowa, a community about 60 miles east of Rock Valley that also experienced significant flooding. The trailer is being utilized by those without water in their homes and those who have water but whose water heaters were damaged. This has been a tremendous blessing to the community, and we have received numerous expressions of gratitude for our assistance.
  • Tool Trailer: Our tool trailer arrived in Rock Valley and contains some of the tools necessary to help with rebuilding.
  • Meal Provision: A team from RMS was able to serve a meal to those who lost their homes in the flood. 

Additionally, with the support shown to us already, we have been able to rent trailers and purchase some of the equipment needed for the restoration process. Thank you so much for your support!

We continue to raise financial support to fund the work in NW Iowa and to assist in various ways in the community. Please prayerfully consider donating to this cause. Check back here for updated information as time goes on.

We have had various volunteers, local and from far away, come and help in various ways. We are so thankful for the many hands that make the work light! If you are interested in helping, please contact Jim at jim@rms.org.

Ways to help

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  1. PRAY for Northwest Iowa and the communities affected by the recent flooding. Pray for comfort and strength for those who have lost homes and possessions. Pray for wisdom for authorities and organizations providing assistance. "He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters." - Psalm 18:16
  2. GIVE financial gifts to support relief efforts in Northwest Iowa. Your donations will help provide essential supplies, shelter, and support to those impacted by the flooding. Every contribution makes a difference in helping these communities recover and rebuild. Canadian donors can contribute through URMA
  3. Come help out in NW Iowa. Volunteers are urgently needed to assist with cleanup and rebuilding efforts. Whether you can spare a day or a week, your help will make a meaningful impact. Join us in supporting these communities as they work to recover from this devastating disaster.