With many north Louisiana resident still reeling from the floods earlier this year, the local chapter of the American Red Cross is working twice as hard to not only continue to serve our area, but also help the southern parishes in the wake of the current disastrous flooding.
Although the current flood has affected roughly the same number of parishes, nearly 4 times the number of homes have been affected, says Executive Director Michelle Davison.
"Having six feet of water in your home is just heartbreaking," says Davison, "I think they are estimating in Denham Springs nearly 90% of homes have been damaged, which is just devastating."
More than 1,500 local volunteers have already head down south to help, but Davison says many more are still needed. The Red Cross is still working to assist northern resident with their rebuilding projects, and Davison says that even volunteering locally can free up someone who can travel to the southern part of the state.
Davison note that many south Louisianians traveled here in March to help with our flood, and that the greatest need is for healthcare and mental health volunteers.
According to Davison, the Red Cross is currently focusing its efforts on providing safe shelter for flood victims, but as the days and weeks pass that will shift to the distribution of clean water and cleaning supplies.
For more information on the Red Cross' efforts, or to volunteer visit the website, or call 323-5141.