Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief efforts wrapping up in Florida


Five weeks after Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida, Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief teams are packing up to come home.

“It’s faster than I thought — I anticipated us being there at least two more weeks,” said Mark Wakefield, state disaster relief strategist.

Alabama Baptist teams — which have been based in Arcadia, Florida, throughout the effort — took in 1,005 requests for help from area residents. After the water receded and volunteers began cleanup efforts, they completed 480 job requests in less than a month with the help of teams from South Carolina and Tennessee.

“To clear that many in a month is pretty good,” Wakefield said.

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