BENEFITING: American Red Cross
In just under three days, over thirty inches of rain fell across parts of Souther Louisiana. Although the rain has slowed and the waters have begun to receed, there is still a great need in the area.
The American Red Cross continues to help thousands of people impacted by the flooding in Louisiana where the situation remains dire. More than 7,000 people remained in Red Cross and community shelters Tuesday night and thousands more are without power in hot, humid conditions.
The Red Cross and its partners have served almost 100,000 meals and snacks since the onset of the flooding. The Red Cross has also mobilized over 60 disaster response vehicles, nearly 40,000 ready-to-eat meals, and dozens of trailers filled with shelter and kitchen supplies to bolster relief efforts.
Please help to raise funds to allow the American Red Cross to continue to operate in affected areas as long as need be.
The following is an account that sumarizes the magnitude and rapidity of this disaster:
We lived at my grandmother's old brick house in Baker, LA, which is raised 3-4 feet off the ground. My grandfather built the house in 1955.
When I woke up at 6:30am Friday morning to water nearly flooding my car under the carport, I had no idea how quickly things were about to take a turn for the worst. I got my car to higher ground at the front of the road and began frantically picking up everything up I could. I carried cinder blocks in ankle deep water to help raise up furniture. None of it mattered. Had we known how quickly the water was rising, we would've loaded up as much as we could in Mike's truck and left then.
By 10:15am Friday there was 6" of water in the house. I wish I would've snapped a picture of my dog laying on her raised bed, an island surrounded by water in the living room, and the priceless look on her face saying... HELP! I was turning off a light switch when I got shocked and knew we had to leave right now.
With my purse, a small bag of clothes and toiletries, and two dogs, we went down the front steps of the house and waded though waist deep water to get to our vehicles at the front of the road. Water was too high to get my car out of town so we left it there.
During the long wet journey to my parents house in Denham Springs, I couldn't help but wonder how much worse things would get. Then, after a sleepless Friday, night I awoke Saturday morning to find everyone around my hometown experiencing similar and even more horrifying events. People stranded and helpless. My high school, my church, and entire neighborhoods, parishes, and communities I've known all my life are under water.
At one point on Saturday evening, there were fears of rising water reaching my parents home in Denham Springs. Thank God we were spared a second tragic experience. For many people, this was not the case. Several shelters took on water and places once thought as safe a dry had to be evacuated.
I'm so thankful we got out of Baker when we did. I saw a picture from the front of our street and it's likely water came up to the roof of our house and my car parked at the front of the road.
We lost everything, but we have each other and that is all that matters right now. We are safe and thankful for all of the people who have offered help and support. Being an independent person, help is not something I would normally ask for. And given the degree of loss and devastation everywhere, it's difficult to even know where to begin.
For now, thoughts and prayers are prayers are greatly appreciated. A special thanks to all the friends, family, and community who have come together in a time of need, offered information and updates via social media, and offered their boats, homes, etc. for those who were evacuated. I will keep you updated in the coming days as the water recedes and we're able to go back to assess everything.