The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is monitoring the historic flood situation in Louisiana. We are gathering information on organizations mobilizing to support affected residents, as well as funders working to bring resources to affected communities. If your organization is interested in contributing resources to the flood recovery effort, the Center’s hotline is available to answer questions on how to best respond.
On August 14, President Obama declared a major disaster exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding.
The federal disaster declaration comes after Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (below) declared a state of emergency across Louisiana this past weekend as torrential rains have prompted historic flooding. Several deaths have been attributed to the flooding, tens of thousands of people have been evacuated, and thousands are currently in shelters.
Some areas of the state experienced twenty inches of rain in only 24 hours. The banks of fifteen rivers across the state are swollen causing massive flooding. More than 40,000 homes and businesses are without power and Louisiana State University has shuttered its doors as a result of flooding on the campus.
The Louisiana National Guard has deployed soldiers, boats, helicopters, and high water vehicles. Mississippi, Arkansas, and Texas are also feeling the brunt of the storms across the Gulf Coast. FEMA is providing federal assistance for the State of Louisiana.