Billy Graham Chaplains Serving in NY After Massive Flooding

By Kali Zakariasen   •   July 13, 2023

Chaplains share the steps to peace with God with a resident of Highland Falls, NY, as the community—one of many in the northeast affected by recent devastating flooding—recovers from the aftermath.

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) deployed to Highland Falls, New York, after recent catastrophic flooding. Thousands of lives have been turned upside down and the community is grieving the loss of a 43-year-old woman who drowned as she tried to escape her flooded home.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the residents of Highland Falls. We can’t even begin to imagine how scary this situation must have been,” said Josh Holland, international director of the BG-RRT.

Dozens of residents had to be rescued, roadways were washed out, and some homes were swept away after more than a half-foot of rain fell in a matter of hours.

“Nine inches of rain in this community,” New York’s Governor Kathy Hochul said in a briefing on a muddy street in Highland Falls. “They’re calling this a ‘1,000-year event.'”

Many roads remain closed and the area is in disarray with debris and mud everywhere.

“We want to encourage and remind residents to hold onto the strong anchor during storms,” Holland continued. “God is our unbreakable lifeline. Storms in life will come, but we can rest in God’s promise: ‘We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure’ (Hebrews 6:19).”

Chaplains are serving alongside disaster relief organization Samaritan’s Purse.

Please pray for the chaplains as they provide emotional and spiritual support in Jesus’ Name, and for all those who were affected by this devastating storm.