Volunteers help MI survivors

United Methodist Church team repairs home damaged in June flooding

BY KATE CARLSON, MIDLAND DAILY NEWS | February 14, 2018


John Potts of St. Charles works to install drywall inside the home of Mike Lacusta and his family in Midland, MI. Volunteers from Chesaning United Methodist Church helped to repair the Lacustas' basement, damaged by flooding in June.
Credit: Katy Kildee/Midland Daily News Used With Permission

At first, the aftermath of the devastating summer flooding in Midland seemed like it would have "never-ending" effects on his family, said Mike Lacusta.

"We've dealt with it for so long, it seems surreal," said the husband and father of seven children.

Seven of the youngest Lacusta daughters had their bedrooms in the basement until floodwaters poured into it, ruining the lowest level of their home.

During the Christmas holidays, volunteers from Chesaning United Methodist Church hung drywall in the Lacusta basement. The volunteers were working in collaboration with the Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church which received a grant from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) following the disaster last summer.

In coordination with the Great Lakes Bay Region Long Term Disaster Recovery Group and disaster case management based in Midland, volunteers who are specialized in skilled labor will also finish drywalling and carpeting the Lacusta's basement.

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