BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (TAB) — Trained Disaster Relief (DR) volunteers are in place in the flood-ravaged Louisiana areas and have a long road ahead of them. The flood survivors are feeling the pain of the disaster and some are saying more help is needed. And Alabama Baptist DR officials said they are committed to help for the “long haul.”
With Alabama’s neighbor-state receiving record-shattering rainfall of between 4 and 26 inches in different areas over a four-day period, more than 15 parishes have been affected and at least 13 people reported dead.
On Aug. 19, Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) was assigned incident management responsibilities and teams were stationed at Istrouma Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Clean up and recovery teams from Columbia, Baldwin and Tuskegee-Lee Baptist associations were deployed and will work at the Baton Rouge location. Two laundry units (from Mobile Baptist Association) were in place at press time at First Baptist Church, Zachary, Louisiana, and in Denham Springs, Louisiana. Three shower units also were in place at press time, one in Baton Rouge and two in Denham Springs.
But while Alabama and other states are helping a lot, flood survivors are still in need, according to Alan Cross, former pastor of Gateway Baptist Church, Montgomery, who now serves as president and executive director of Community Development Initiatives. Cross traveled to Louisiana to help in the relief efforts.
“It is terrible down here,” Cross reported from Ascension Parish on Aug. 21. “Still flooding in places. People still can’t get in or out of some areas. Some small communities are basically cut off. And of course where everyone can work, their belongings are piled high along the road.”
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