Boone Family Flood Recovery and Rebuilding
Organized by: Kyle McDermott
On August 11th a mesoscale convective system developed in Southeast Louisiana, in and surrounding Baton Rouge. In the following days, the storm dropped between 20-30 inches of rain. More than 145,000 properties have been surveyed by LSU to have received flood damage; more than 500,000 people affected. FEMA has designated this flood as the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy. Some Parishes (counties) such as Livingston were 75% flooded. Many of the families' homes are a complete and total loss. Due to the location of the flooding well outside the flood zone and magnitude of the storm, only as much as 20% of families have proper flood insurance. Some of these families lost everything just 11 years prior by Katrina. To put it into perspective, this storm dropped three times as more rain than Katrina did - 7.1 trillion gallons of water - enough to fill Lake Pontchartrain four times. Tens of thousands of homes were completely submerged. The National Weather Service has declared this storm a "1-in-1000 year event." In addition, this un-named storm caused 13 deaths. This catastrophe has largely been ignored by the national media because it doesn't fit the narrative of disaster entertainment, yet the families in Southeast Louisiana are in desperate need of financial help. I have organized this page to collect donations for the Boone Family of Central, Louisiana, just northeast of Baton Rouge. The Boone's are family friends of mine. Josh with his wife Kristin and Kristin's parents' homes were badly flooded. Their homes are not situated in a designated flood zone; they do not have flood insurance. As a result, their homes are in the process of being completely gutted, cleaned and sterilized before mold sets in, all out of pocket from their savings. Their homes and livelihoods have been completely upended. Josh emailed this to me: "Being well out of the local flood zones we weren't required and did not have flood insurance. I have a 4 year old boy and a 7 year old girl who both have birthdays coming up next month. My wife is a stay at home mom. I am a HVAC technician for a national company and work on commercial AC units and restaurant equipment. We currently have been displaced by the flood and are living with my wife's sister and family who were so kind to let us share their home. We have worked very hard since the flood to demo. the inside of our home and salvage what possessions and memories we could. I talked to Jen about your offer the other night and know that our prayers could be answered by your generosity. We have seen so much loss here, we have seen peoples entire life washed away. We have all cried and held our loved ones tight thanking God we have them. Through all this I've also seen the kindness and humanity instilled in all of us come to the surface. We are resilient here in South Louisiana. It may be months or even years before life is back to normal for our area but every time we take a step forward we pull the rest of our community up with us. Thank you for your kindness and compassion, thank you for not letting this disaster disappear behind new headlines as time passes, thank you in a thousand other ways and God bless you." I know many people would like to donate but aren't sure what organization to donate to or would prefer to know where their money is directly going. For those who seek to make a difference, the funds raised here will 100% go to the Boone family to aid their rebuilding effort. Thank you to everyone who donates and spreads the word about this page. No one should ever be alone in their struggle. We are here for each other.