Posted: September 24
Update on Black River Camp Good Morning! I went to Black River yesterday afternoon as the water flowing from the creek was finally low enough to get across the low water crossing to the buildings. I have to say to begin with that driving through the front gate the view of destruction is stunning. It literally takes your breath away. After walking the grounds with Don and taking lots of pictures (which I will forward once we get them off of the camera) it is now evident that the water flowing through the area between the manager's residence and the visible debris line on the other side of the river indicate a flood width of well over 300 feet. The debris line in the tree at the low water crossing where the creek comes into the river is at about 10-11 feet and the debris line along the river banks indicates a river flood depth of 25-30 feet. The greatest loss that Black River has sustained in this event is the loss of the trees. Across from where the boat house once stood, only one tree remains on the island. Behind the island, only three trees remain. All else from there on down stream is essentially gone. All that remains of the boat house is two 3" broken off stubs of 4' by 4' sticking up out of the concrete slab. All else, including handrails, is gone. Fortunately, all of the main buildings were well above flood stage except for the Chapel. We have water damage from ground water in all buildings. However, I asked Jane and Don to go into town and purchase at least a dozen box fans so that we can dry the buildings out as quickly as possible. The insurance adjuster comes today. No, we did not have flood insurance but we do have $25,000 of Specialty Insurance. I had hoped that maybe the footbridge to the fire pit area had just come off of it's piers and was lying in the creek bottom so we could just have a crane pick it up and reset it. But no. The bridge is now fully visible on the creek bank closest to the dorms and it has been twisted like a pretzel. Total loss there. Clean up has begun today. We will soon announce workdays and the need for lots of chainsaws, rakes, etc. Please keep Black River in your prayers. While the river beauty of the river has now been totally changed for our lifetimes, Black River remains, we will continue in ministry, and we will be ready for our next batch of guests the weekend of October 4th. Thank you for your continued prayers for our manager's and our ministry! Rev. David Grousnick, President Black River Board of Directors
Posted: September 20
I received word this morning that Black River Center for Learning, the campground in the Tres Rios Area, near Carlsbad, NM, has sustained some significant damage in the latest rain and flooding in SE New Mexico. The Black River which flows through the Center, usually at 20 feet wide has swollen to over 200 feet wide. Water reached into the backyard of the managers' residence. The boat house is gone, as are most of the canoes. The bridge below the dorms to the fire pit area is gone. As of last evening, there was 18 inches of water in the chapel and 2 inches in the kitchen. Even with new roofs in place on the dormitories, due to saturated ground, water has got into the dorms. Damage there is unknown at this time. Everyone is safe, but damage is significant. Rev. David Grousnick, pastor of First Christian Church, Artesia, NM and BRCL board president requests prayers. I have asked him to let us know when there is more that we can do to assist. I will also be in touch with Week of Compassion concerning a possible relief grant. Thank you for your prayers! Charlotte Hoppe
Posted: September 17
5:30 today! Brave the rain and come inside for a nice dry and inviting study of Ezra.
Posted: September 14
9:30 this morning is Bible Study with worship beginning at 10:30. Please join us in celebrating our Creator in study, worship and praise on this blessed day.
Posted: September 12
Church Work Day kicks off Saturday morning with a hot breakfast at 8 am.