"I was raised around this river, and I've never seen it this high. No one alive has seen it this high. When you're around the water this much you learn to respect the river and its power real quick," he said.
"We won't have an opportunity like this to minister to our friends and neighbors for another 500 years," Joe Buchanan, pastor of First Baptist Church in Metropolis, said May 8. "We must be prepared spiritually and physically to minister to hurting people in Jesus' name."
Buchanan said the upcoming week's deacons meeting would have one agenda item: "Find someone who needs help, and help them."