By now most of us know about the latest weather emergency that has gripped southeast Louisiana, the Baton Rouge area and Acadiana, the area in and around Lafayette. Unrelenting rain from a very slow moving low pressure system, not a tropical storm or a hurricane, has wrecked havoc. And now that the rain is lessening, the rivers have risen and some are still on the rise. Does any of this sound familiar? It should, just in March we went through something all to similar. Yes, only in Louisiana are we experiencing a 100-year weather event for the second time in five months.
So far 4 people have dies but several thousands have been evacuated and many more thousands are trapped in flooding homes. On I-12, a major thoroughfare connecting Slidell to Baton Rouge, was flooded in such a way that hundreds of motorists remained stranded in their cars from 9 AM Saturday until about an hour ago. Imagine, almost 30 hours in a car, in the heat, and nothing to eat, no bathroom. Of course many strangers and good Samaritans came to the aid of so many people. Everyday citizens who owned boats helped in the rescues, some more dramatic than others and caught on tape.
Lots of volunteer mobilization is underway and thousands of Louisiana families will need help. lots of help. Keep this in mind, these areas that flooded, like the floods of March, are happening in areas that have never flooded before so many of these people have no flood insurance. Everything from money to clothes to food to furniture and appliances and of course prayers; these are needed and needed desperately.
Until I post more details, you can Google flood relief from the American Red Cross and also Catholic Charities in the dioceses of Lafayette, Baton rouge and the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
Oh God come to our aid!
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us!