Between 20-30 inches of rain fell upon our brothers and sisters across Southern Louisiana last week. Eleven people have been confirmed dead. It is estimated that over 60,000 homes have been damaged, and thousands of families are currently displaced.
IDES will begin response by sending our DART Coordinator to assist in the Crowley, LA community. Sent with him will be a load of our storage sheds to be distributed and built for families affected. The sheds will be distributed and built in partnership with Forest Park Church of Christ in Crowley, LA this weekend (Aug. 26, 27, 28). IDES will be seeking church partnership opportunities in additional communities for long-term recovery efforts as the waters recede.
UPDATE - 9/14/16
Our DART Coordinator will return to Southern Louisiana today continue our response to the communities that have been affected by the devastating flood waters. We will be partnering with Denham Springs Church of Christ to clean up and to provide another load of storage-sheds for families whose homes have been severely damaged. Just outside of Baton Rouge, Denham Springs was one of the hardest hit areas. While in Denham Springs, our DART Coordinator will assess the best plan of assistance for the long-term recovery process. Please keep praying for the families effected and for more opportunities to assist these communities.
As you can see, IDES is working hard to meet the physical and spiritual needs of those who are suffering, both internationally AND here in the United States. If you wish to partner with IDES in either of these recovery efforts, please donate at the following link and type "U.S. Disaster" in the comments box near the bottom of the form. Thank you for your willingness to serve with us!
Please pray for the families that have been severely affected by this disaster.