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Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Louisiana

News of Friends in Flooded Areas

May 31, 2015

You must be anxious to hear how Friends are doing in the areas recently stricken by flood and tornado. Cathy Guttentag sends us an update on members of Houston Liveoak Meeting and others in their community. If you have news to share, please click here to contact SCYM.

From Cathy Guttentag in Houston - May 28

I am still checking in with Friends here, and thus far many of us are fine but we have had at least one serious tragedy - the son-in-law of one of our longtime members, Leslie Cauffman, was killed in the flooding. His name is Christopher Kirby and his story has been reported in the news/internet. He leaves a wife and 2 children among other family members. We are deeply saddened by this terrible loss.

Laura Holliday's home was flooded, and I corresponded with her today - she has no phone or internet at home but was able to email me somehow. I am not sure how bad the damage is, it was a brief email exchange.

Another family, the Dixon family, also had flood damage to their home. They say they are able to stay in it while working on cleanup and drying out.

Those are the losses I have heard about thus far.

The area around my daughter's elementary school was hit very hard with flooding, so I know a number of other families who sustained flooding to their homes. It makes me heartsick each time I drive along a whole street of homes where everyone's carpets and mattresses and ruined furniture are out by the street for trash pickup.

It's been a long week, all the more so as this was Leah Mei's last week of school and she had her graduation from 5th grade/elementary school last night, so it's been quite an emotional time.

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2015 Directory of SCYM Friends

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