Today we left our quiet Corps of Engineers campsite at Toad Suck and traveled a grand total of 12 miles to a church parking lot on the east side of Conway AR. One year ago this weekend a tornado, rated EF4, came through here and produced lots of devastation. Not only Nomads, but many other volunteer groups as well, have been here helping to rebuild homes and lives.
Disaster Recovery projects are handled differently from traditional Nomad projects. These can be long term, with team members signing up for any number of weeks at a time (not the usual 3 weeks only). Each week some members might leave, to be replaced by others. They have room here for 6 rigs to park. Three have stayed over from last week, and 3 replacement rigs just came in today. When doing laundry yesterday we met a couple who had been here, but were about to leave. We have committed to just one week (4 working days) but we will have to leave a day early, next Thursday, so that we can attend Sophie’s history competition at U of Minn.
We will have an official introductory meeting tomorrow evening, but unofficially we have learned that some of us will be doing drywall work, while others will be finishing some plumbing items at another house.