At least 13 people are dead from the flooding that struck the Baton Rouge and Lafayette, Louisiana areas. Tens of thousands have been rescued, and so far at least 70,000 have registered for federal disaster assistance.
The ongoing torrential rains have damaged an estimated 40,000 homes with the result that Louisiana is now facing its biggest housing crunch since the horrors of Hurricane Katrina a decade ago.
Some are now are staying in shelters, while others are bunking with family or friends or even sleeping in trailers on their front lawns. Those who are too poor to leave are living amid the mud along with the ever-present risk of mold.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has promised to look into lining up rental properties for those left homeless and will consider using temporary housing units. But FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate promises that the temporary units will not be the old toxic FEMA travel trailers left over from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
MercyWorks has received many requests for help from people throughout Louisiana. And the rains are still coming. We have requests for teams and individuals to help gut homes and serve the tens of thousands of people affected. If you are willing and able to help, please contact us.
MercyWorks has helped people in various parts of the world such as Zimbabwe, the Philippines, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Thailand, Nepal, etc. And now we are answering the call to help those in our neighboring state.
Any amount of donated funds can help those in need. Thank you for your interest in helping people impacted by war, famine, natural disaster or extreme poverty.