One month after devastating and historic floodwaters destroyed entire neighborhoods in Louisiana, thousands of residents are still impacted and the American Red Cross is there, making sure people get the help they need.
The storm, which deluged Louisiana with nearly 7 trillion gallons of rain, is the worst natural disaster to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
“Imagine yourself without shelter, clean clothes or even a toothbrush. Thousands of people in Louisiana faced just that when floodwaters overtook their homes,” said Gail McGovern, Red Cross President and CEO. “Our disaster volunteers immediately got to work, making sure affected individuals and families had a safe place to stay, food to eat and a shoulder to lean on. One month later, the Red Cross is still helping in Louisiana, thanks to the generous financial donations which have enabled us to provide comfort, support and hope to flood survivors.”
The massive Red Cross relief effort in Louisiana could cost at least $35-$40 million, as volunteers remain on the ground to help in the difficult weeks ahead as residents recover from the devastation, and the Red Cross will be there until the job is done.
In the past month, more than 4,200 Red Crossers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico traveled to Louisiana, where they have worked around the clock to help people affected by the flooding. Over 90 percent of these trained disaster workers are volunteers and more than 30 came from the Red Cross Western Missouri Region.
As of September 9, the Red Cross and partners have:
- Served 1,050,000 meals and snacks in Louisiana
- Provided more than 73,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters. Shelters remain open and 850 people spent Thursday night in nine Red Cross and community shelters.
- Distributed more than 683,000 relief items.
- Handled more than 35,000 calls from people needing help.
- Provided more than 35,000 health services and emotional support contacts.
Red Cross workers are connecting people in Louisiana to the critical services and resources they need to recover, including limited financial assistance for those who qualify. Several thousand households have already registered for this help.
The Red Cross needs the public to join us in supporting Louisiana by making a financial donation today. People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters.