Disasters - Louisiana Flooding 2016

2016 Louisiana Flooding

Multiple communities in Louisiana experienced historic flooding beginning August 11 due to days of unprecedented rain. According to the National Weather service, more than 30 inches of rain fell in southern Louisiana over just a few days. 

Over 1,480 AmeriCorps members responded to an eight month deployment leading mucking and gutting efforts on homes affected by the floods. Crews assisted more than 2,500 individuals and families in nearly 900 homes. The primary focus for the AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams was on providing direct service to individuals and families to accelerate their return home. A-DRT’s  coordinated with over 26 Louisiana VOAD organizations including the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Convoy of Hope, and the Southern Baptist. Mucking and gutting is essential to returning families and individuals back to their homes. When a flooded home has not been cleaned and dried with a few weeks of the event, mold and other hazards could deem the dwelling unsalvageable, contributing to the devastating loss of available, affordable housing in communities most in need.

In addition to mucking and gutting homes, A-DRTs also supported mass care facilities and donation warehouses that serviced an estimated 62,577 people. While working in homes, crews also collected information on unmet needs to assist with long-term recovery efforts and to connect individuals and families with critical resources

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