That was the buzz around the town of Princeton, B.C. in early December when the first 16 Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) volunteers arrived to help residents hard-hit by flooding in mid-November.
People in the town are “so exhausted,” said Princeton mayor Spencer Coyne. But knowing help was arriving put “a glimmer of hope in their eyes.”
The volunteers, who came from B.C., Alberta and Manitoba, spent a week helping residents pump out water, muck out basements and dispose of damaged items.
As he drove around town, seeing the MDS vehicles “made me smile,” Coyne said. “I was grinning ear to ear.”
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