More than 200 Church members from the Fallon Nevada Stake were among 1,000 residents helping victims of a flood in Fernley, Nev. Gathering on Jan. 12, members of the Fernley 1st and Fernley 2nd wards helped clean out and gut homes damaged after a levee ruptured on Jan. 5, sending frigid waters from a rain-swollen canal into this town 30 miles east of Reno.
"We cleaned 62 homes that were gutted and got them ready to be renovated," said Bishop Mike Roesler of the Fernley 1st Ward, speaking of 11 days of clean-up work by members in the Fernley area. He explained that some 300 members helped, including on the two community-wide clean-up days on Jan. 12 and Jan. 19.
Bishop Roesler said that about 18 members' homes were damaged, among 290 homes in the aftermath of the levee rupture. No members' homes, he added, had to be demolished.
"We had about an extra 12 non-LDS people total in sacrament meeting last week," Bishop Roesler said. "They really appreciated (our help). It was a lot of work, but it was really fulfilling. Our hearts went out to those people."