Our staff is on the ground and waters continue to rise
[Updated March 15, 5:51 a.m.]
Torrential rain pounded Louisiana last week. Now the weather is calm and sunny—a least for a little while—but historic floodwaters have not yet receded in numerous areas. Many homeowners still have not been able to return to their houses.
Samaritan’s Purse has deployed two program managers and two disaster relief units to the hard-hit state. Our disaster relief units are tractor-trailers stocked with heavy-duty tarps, generators, and other tools that will be used in cleanup efforts. Already dozens of volunteers have joined together with our staff to work daily to minister to homeowners in the Name of Jesus Christ.
“Please join me in praying especially for all those who have lost so much to the flood waters and for our teams who will be there working to help over the next few weeks,” Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham said via his Facebook page on March 13.
As homeowners are able to return, our teams are cleaning mud out of flooded houses and removing waterlogged belongings. They are also tearing out damaged drywall, insulation, and flooring, and spraying chemicals designed to stop mold growth.
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Rapid Response Team Chaplains are working together with Samaritan’s Purse staff and volunteers to provide emotional and spiritual encouragement to flood victims.
A base has been established at White’s Ferry Road (WFR) Church, located at 3201 N. 7th Street, West Monroe, LA 71291. It is our pleasure to be partnering with WFR Relief, a ministry of our host church. Over two feet of rain fell in the area causing rivers to rise to record-breaking levels, and we are hearing reports that as many as 2,000 homes and businesses flooded. Residents are shocked and devastated.
A second base has been set up at Bellaire Baptist Church, located at 1210 Bellaire Boulevard, Bossier City, LA 71112. Overnight volunteers are being accepted at both sites.
Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency across all of Louisiana on March 10, which will remain in effect until April 8 unless terminated sooner.