Tragedy Strikes in Louisiana


Shannon Sutherland '19, Writer

The Red Cross is calling the floods in Louisiana the worst natural disaster in America since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Between August 8th and August 14th, around 6.9 trillion gallons of rain fell, leaving 40 thousand homes anywhere from mildly to atrociously damaged. It is unclear how many houses have been rendered uninhabitable so far. Experts believe that it will cost at least 30 million dollars to repair damages caused by the flood.

Around 30,000 people, 7,000 of which had to be rescued and are now living in emergency shelters, have been forced to flee their homes and leave most of their personal belongings to perish. Thirteen people are dead as a result of this disaster. Those lost include Odartha Hoggatt, Earrol Lewis, Kenneth Slocum, Samuel Muse, Stacy Ruffin, Alexandra Budde, Richard James Jr. William Mayfield, Linda Bishop, William Borne, and a few others whose names have not been release to the public. Let’s make an effort to keep these people as well as their loved ones in our minds and prayers and be thankful that we are not also the victims of such sudden and tragic disasters.

The state has begun its road to recovery. Although the flooding itself has subsided, thousands are still dealing with the ramifications, many are even rendered homeless. There is an abundance of sites and organizations taking donations to help those who are still struggling. Donations are a great way to show your support to your national community in these times of need, just be sure to do some research before giving to confirm that your money is actually going to the victims.


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