Central New York is no stranger to flooding, but the extent seen in southern Louisiana has brought suffering to families on a grand scale — more than 100,000 homes were affected.
In one suburb of Baton Rouge, the mayor estimates that out of 27,000 residents, 25,000 felt the wrath of the 24 inches of rain that fell over two days in mid August.
Statewide, at least 13 deaths are blamed on the flooding. That along with the widespread damage and uncertainty over relief funding has turned the lives of thousands upside down.
It might seem like old news, but these families will remain in need for months to come.
As with any major disaster, help comes from a variety of sources including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but it’s the outpouring of volunteers and small monetary donations that come in from public response that will help get families back on their feet, as many homes were not in designated flood zones and did not have flood insurance.
For those who are looking to help, there are cautions to relay.
Con artists looking to capitalize on disasters such as this seem to proliferate with every new instance. Your best bet is to go directly to vetted institutions such as the American Red Cross. Reach out to them at redcross.org/donate and make your donation of $10 or more.
All donations are tax deductible and you’re assured that your generous gift will go where it should — to those who have lost everything.
Time and time again, we’ve witnessed neighbor helping neighbor in our area when disaster strikes.
Consider the Louisiana residents as your neighbors down south.
You’ll feel good knowing you had a part in getting them back on their feet.