I’m a Louisiana girl. I was born and raised in and around Baton Rouge. I have a huge extended family that is still there. They are my tribe. And they are hurting.
Between Thursday and Sunday FOUR TRILLION GALLONS of water fell on South Louisiana. That’s enough water to fill SIX MILLION olympic-sized swimming pools. The chances of that much rain falling in an entire year is 0.1%. Yet, that much fell in less than four days. The national media sucks. They’ve given very little coverage and the coverage they’ve given doesn’t come close to the devastating impact the flood has had on my home state. As of a few hours ago, TWENTY parishes (counties in Louisiana) have been declared federal disasters. For perspective, the damage covers an area equal to the entire DC Metro area from Prince William County in Virginia all the way to Baltimore County in Maryland. In Denham Springs, Louisiana, more than 90% of homes were flooded. Hundreds of thousands of homes and vehicles flooded. As of noon today, at least 30,000 people have been rescued and at least 10,000 are displaced in shelters. As of a few minutes ago, ten flood-related deaths have been reported.
My people… my tribe… These are the people who cheered us on as we journeyed to adopt our daughter from Serbia and embraced her as their own when we brought her home. These are the people who fell to their knees when I was diagnosed with cancer and for the nearly four years we waited for my husband to be exonerated. These are the people who jumped for joy and gave GOD the glory in every situation where we’ve seen God move. They are the people who knew me when I still wet the bed and invited to sleep-over anyway. These are MY people and they NEED prayer.
This is an update on everyone (to the best of my knowledge). If there is someone left off the list or if you see information that is not correct, please let me know and I will update the post. I’m not listing people that do not live in or around Baton Rouge. People all over the world read this blog and many have reached out to me asking how they can help (other than prayer). Family, please let me know what your top three needs are and we will start working on meeting those needs.
Aunt Lorraine and Ron’s house in Central – Flooded – Last update they were staying with neighbors.
Treynor – House dry, but business flooded.
Lynee – House dry.
Madelon’s house in Bellingrath got about five feet of water. – Angie is there helping her with demo and she’s staying with Staci. They need extra hands!
Margaret had water almost to her roof and lost her car. – Not sure where she is staying.
Bobbye Lee and Staci – both dry and helping Madelon with demo.
Kali and Thomas both lost their cars. Haven’t gotten back to their house in Watson, but were told that it’s dry.
Boo’s house (Aunt Abbie’s old house) – flooded.
Mac – Dry, but I think I saw that his daughter Angela’s house is flooded and they are staying with extended family.
Paul – Dry, but his business flooded
Shannon – Dry (it took us all a while to find them and thank GOD they are safe!). Shannon has offered space and hot meals to anyone in need. They live in Arbor Walk off S. Walker Rd.
Sarah – Dry in Lafayette
Uncle Marshall – Dry – He was even able to go to church on Sunday. 🙂
Peggy and her kids are all dry
Janell – Flooded – Peggy’s family helped her start demo today.
Rebekah – Flooded
Matt – Flooded
Jared – Dry
Marsha – Dry – After two nights in a shelter separated from Max, Virginia was able to get home last night – Thank God!
Dennis – Dry – Pray for his heart. He’s been activated to search door to door for flood victims.
Rusty – Flooded – His family is at Terrie’s house and they’ve lost everything including their vehicles.
Carolyn – Dry – She has a house FULL of people and Brian’s work flooded.
Cynde – Dry
Michelle – Lost everything including their vehicles – They’re also staying at Terrie’s house.
Kathy (Aunt Betty Faye’s old house) – Dry
Daniel – Flooded – His family is staying with Kathy.
Estelle – Dry
Jay – Dry
Amy – Flooded – Staying with Jay.
Uncle Emmitt – They’ve lost everything. House, business, vehicles… all flooded. I believe they’re staying with Gabe and Telly’s families at Telly’s in-laws.
Freeman – Dry
Wes – House is dry. Kelsey and Justin’s houses both flooded.
Todd – Dry
Margie’s house in Denham – Flooded – She is in Leesville.
Uncle Harvey’s house flooded. Harvey is helping them with demo, but they can use more hands.
Harvey – Dry
Richey – Dry – Rescued Uncle Harvey and Aunt Gwen and got them to a friend’s house where they are staying.
Aunt Cindy – Dry
Chip – Dry
Clint – Dry
Cori – Flooded – She lost her house and car and still needs help with demo.
Beth – Dry
Stacy – Dry
Kayla – Dry
Todd – Dry
Little Todd – Flooded – They lost everything and they’re staying with Todd.
James Gay – Dry
Courtney – Dry
Marshall – Dry
I will update as I receive new information and I will write another post on ways to help.
Baton Rouge has been through HELL in the last month. But there is a dichotomy in that hell. After the shootings of Alton Sterling, Brad Garafola, Matt Gerald, Montrell Jackson, and Nick Tullier; we witnessed division that seemed irreparable. What I am witnessing now is the polar opposite. People of every race, class, and religion are working together to save themselves and their community. I see thousands of people sleeping on cots and floors right next to people who look nothing like them. I see people launching their boats off the side of a highway and spending every waking hour rescuing anyone they can find. I see people acting like Jesus. And for that… I am grateful.
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