Oklahoma Christian University students spend fall break in Colorado for flood relief

by Silas Allen Modified: October 15, 2013 at 6:41 pm •  Published: October 16, 2013
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A St. Louis native, Kehn had done mission work with his high school youth group in Joplin, Mo., after a tornado ravaged the city in 2011. The trip was funded by a donation the university had received for mission work, he said.

While he was in Colorado, Kehn and his group shoveled a layer of mud out of a guesthouse on the farm. Seven people carried mud out of the building by the wheelbarrowful, he said.

“There was mud a foot and a half high in the entire guesthouse,” he said. “It was disgusting.”

Kehn's group also worked in another home that had been flooded. The house was in a low-lying area near the railroad, and had been badly damaged, Kehn said. He and a group of eight students tore the walls out of the house and cleaned a foot-thick layer of mud out of the basement.

Although the damage was staggering, Kehn said he appreciated the opportunity to help people when they needed it.

“It was really an amazing experience,” he said.

Oklahoma Christian University
by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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