August 18, 2016
BENEFITING: American Red Cross of Greater Chicago
The flooding in Louisiana is likely the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy in 2012. On Sunday night, more than 10,600 people sought refuge in nearly 50 Red Cross and community shelters across Louisiana. This devastating flooding is trapping thousands in their homes, requiring water rescues of over 20,000 people, and forcing thousands of others to evacuate. Already more than 10,000 homes have been affected, 200 roads are currently closed, and at least 7 people have died.
The historic flooding began to take shape Friday, August 12 and continued through the weekend as rain came down on the southern Louisiana region. The situation in Louisiana is extremely chaotic and gaining access to many areas is difficult due to flooding and numerous road closures. In addition, power and phone outages are complicating relief efforts.
More than 1,700 National Guard troops have been mobilized with more on the way. On Sunday evening the President declared a major disaster in Louisiana. In addition to opening and supporting shelters, Red Cross disaster volunteers are providing shelter, food and comfort now with more help on the way. An additional 500 Red Cross disaster volunteers from all over the country are on their way to help in Louisiana. The Red Cross has also mobilized 60 disaster response vehicles, 40,000 ready-to-eat meals, and more than two dozen trailer loads of shelter and kitchen supplies.
Please consider making a donation today to help the Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois support disaster relief in areas like Louisiana.