Louisiana is no stranger to heavy rains and storms. It’s a normal occurrence. But this week was different. 1000 year rains and flooding like this has never happened before.
Gary, one flooded home owner we’ve met explained, “We’ve gone through the flood of ’78, ’83, Katrina, Rita, Issac and Gustav, and have never flooded before. We have about 6 ft of water in our house now, and haven’t been able to get to it. I’m not sure when we will, but I’m sure we’ve lost everything.” Gary’s story is one of many, as the impact is staggering.
- 90 % of the city of Denham Springs, LA is underwater.
- 40,000 homes region wide are affected, the majority uninsured.
- Previous record flood levels have bee exceeded by more than 6 feet.
- 30,000 people had to rescued and 20,000 are in shelters.
P. Lance Bourgeois (Trinity EFC, Covington, LA) has been out working with our assessment and clean-up teams, as this flood has hit personally, close to home. His aunt and uncle, we’re two of those 30,000 rescued. His uncle said, “The water just kept coming up and up and up. When we let the house, we walked out in water up to our waists.” They ended up having five feet of water in their home, as did Gary.
And in Denham Springs, the brown, muddy water did not spare Grace Community Bible Church. Pastor Tim, with puddles still on the sopping wet carpet shared that 60% of his congregation have been affected, but that he wants to engage, ‘meeting people in their brokeness’. Our hope is that a steady flow of volunteers and donations will allow us to help this church recover and bring healing outreach to their neighbors.
Though the water is still too deep though to access many areas, it is clear that the worst natural disaster in the US since Super Storm Sandy, will result in a long road for recovery. Consider partnering with EFCA ReachGlobal Crisis Response, EFCA’s Southeast District, Trinity and other local churches, as we seek to share Christ’s love with those in need.
Pray: for rains to stop, waters to recede, and The Church to be tangibly present to bring hope and restoration.
Give: Donate to the EFCA’s Louisiana Flood Response efforts and ongoing ReachGlobal Crisis Response outreach.
Send a Team: Email Respond@efca.org. Volunteers are needed immediately and will be needed for the next several years.