Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser’s office said it has reached out to each affected parish to determine individual needs.
Any group or organization that plans on donating, cooking or serving food can email firstname.lastname@example.org to be connected to the parish with the most need.
Any person or group that wants to volunteer can register on the website.
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IN THE LINK BELOW, DISASTER RECOVERY INFORMATION FROM THE PRESERVATION RESOURCE CENTER
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from JUSTIN KRAY
This is our journey from Sorrento to French Settlement, the roads along Route 22 were impassable for ordinary vehicles on 8/16/16 due to deep flooding from the Amite River. Hundreds of cajun folks had bunkered down / sheltered in place in the backwater communities & bayous there, word was they had plenty of food but no clean water. National Guard was not deploying supplies there so the local State Reps worked together to coordinate our delivery which was ultimately successful.
This is the last stretch of impassable roadway from Head of Island to French Settlement, which didn’t have enough markers to determine where the pavement edge was. Clay Shexnayder drove the Deuce on this section and we occasionally got out and walked alongside the vehicle at points to determine where the roadway fell off into the stitches to help keep the truck centered. A F450 from Alabama carrying toxic chemicals got stranded midway which thankfully did not get submerged.
Here’s how you can support the victims of the Louisiana floods:
United Way of Southeast Louisiana is providing flood victims with food, clothing and counseling, according to its website. The organization will continue to provide long-term support as communities recover and rebuild.
To support the United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s efforts, donate here.
To support the Salvation Army’s Gulf Coast flood relief efforts, donate here.
The Louisiana Red Cross is providing shelter to evacuees at 19 Red Cross and community-run shelters. It’s also offering meals, and emotional support.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has called on volunteers to help flood victims, according to a message he tweeted.
The group connects volunteers with agencies that assist in response and recovery efforts. It currently has opportunities for people with boats or medical training, but will continue to accept a range of volunteers in the weeks and months ahead, according to the website.
The Second Harvest Food Bank, a group that is dedicated to fighting hunger in South Louisiana, is distributing thousands of pounds of food, water and supplies to flood victims, according to the group’s website.
Local residents can also help by dropping off non-perishable food items, such as canned vegetables, rice, cereal, or peanut butter, at their facilities.
To give to local hunger relief efforts, donate here.
The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s office is accepting donations of clean clothing for flood victims.
Clothing can be delivered to the Sheriff’s Office at 819 South Broad Street. Learn more here.
After the Denham Springs Animal Shelter was flooded, another organization, Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO), stepped in to help. ARNO, which was founded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, is asking local volunteers to temporarily house cats or dogs displaced by the flooding in Denham Springs, according to ARNO’s Facebook post.
“Imagine the heartbreak of rescuing all of these wonderful animals only to have nowhere for them to go,” the Facebook post reads.
Foster volunteers would provide day-to-day care and food, but any medical costs would be covered by Animal Rescue New Orleans.
To apply to foster a cat or dog, fill out this form.
HUMANA customers in the parishes listed below and impacted by the severe weather are allowed the following emergency provisions extending from 8/12/16 to 9/10/16:
In responding to the flooding in Louisiana, Humana has taken these steps:
*Applicable parishes: Acadia, Ascension, Assumption, Beauregard, Cameron, Calctsieu, East Baton Rouge, Evangeline, Iberia, Jeff Davis, Lafayette, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vernon, Vermillion, Washington, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana and West Feliciana
Save the Children has deployed an emergency response team to Baton Rouge to establish Child-Friendly Spaces in emergency shelters and assess children’s most urgent needs in the wake of severe flooding in southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi.“Thousands of children have been forced from their homes into shelters and many may have no home to return to anytime soon,” said Sarita Fritzler, Save the Children’s emergency team leader. “Children are the most vulnerable when disaster strikes and it’s critical that their unique needs are addressed from the outset during emergencies like these terrible floods. We’re working closely with long-term local partners to make sure children are protected and cared for amidst the turmoil they and their families are experiencing.”
More than 20,000 people have been rescued and at least four deaths have been confirmed as a result of severe flooding that hit southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi over the weekend. Both Louisiana and Mississippi are under a state of emergency. Numerous schools are closed, homes and buildings are destroyed and roads and bridges are impassable.
Save the Children’s local staff in Louisiana and Mississippi are currently working to verify the safety of children they serve, and also working to avert the destruction of two of the organization’s Head Start centers in Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, which has been inundated in the floods. Save the Children’s education programs work to give children living in poverty opportunities to succeed in school and life that they might otherwise never have.
Check out the latest Guard Minute to see what our Louisiana Army National Guard and Air National Guard are doing to help the victims of the flooding. These men and women are truly protecting what matters!