Record floods have inundated southern Louisiana parishes since the storms commenced August 11, even surpassing flood levels in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance reports that parts of Louisiana and Mississippi have received up to 20 inches of flooding caused by continuing storms.
Presbytery of South Louisiana after extensive rain and flooding since August 11.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency reports that 20 of the sixty-four parishes in Louisiana are included in the flooding disaster declared by President Obama on August 14. The storms have caused six fatalities and forced over 8,000 people to evacuate to shelters.
“As of August 16th, National Response Team deployments have not been issued, but will do so upon invitation when it is safe. An initial grant and a church damage grant has been sent to the Presbytery of South Louisiana.
Partnered with PDA, the group Washington Emergency Recovery Ongoing Cadre (W.E.R.O.C.) focuses on the needs of residents within Washington Parish. The weekend floods have nearly exhausted the organization’s resources. The group has spent the past three months helping get people back into their homes from March flooding. “Now we’re back to square one. We spent all of the funding we had to take care of the needs from the last flood including replacement of furniture and appliances,” said Joe Kelley, CEO of W.E.R.O.C. “We’re trying to find funds to get these folks back to their homes again.”
Kelley says the biggest problem will be the emotional and spiritual counseling needed for those who are now going through this a second time in as many months.”
The need for assistance now is greater than ever. Louisiana flood recovery group funds were depleted by storms and flooding in March.
Donations can be made to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to help Louisiana flooding disaster recovery effort. To donate to PDA’s flood response efforts in Louisiana, please navigate to https://pma.pcusa.org/donate/make-a-gift/gift-info/DR000191.