My two younger brothers, Seth and Asher, and their families live in the city of Central, Louisiana where 27000 of the 28000 homes were flooded in the recent major flooding event.
The flooding in Central, LA and surrounding areas is unprecedented. The majority of homes that flooded sit well outside the flood plain. This flooding was caused by a freak no-name low pressure storm that churned over the area for 4 days straight… dropping more than 2 feet of rain. The extent of the damage is shocking.Evacuation by Boat
Around 1:30am August 13th, Asher and his family were evacuated by boat by the Central Fire Department as the water reached their doorstep. They spent the night in the Boaz Baptist Church which was acting as a shelter. A few hours later, after the water continued to rise into areas that have never seen an inch of water, Seth and his family were evacuated via boat by a member of what has become known as the Cajun Navy.These are citizens who put their own boats in the water to help rescue those trapped after official rescue teams became quickly overwhelmed.The Aftermath
When it was all done, their homes were both inundated with roughly waist-high water and had to be completely gutted. Between the both of them, four cars were totaled by the rancid flood water and irreplaceable family memories have been reduced to a pile of garbage on their front lawns. We spent time there this past week helping to muck and gut and witnessed the devastation first-hand. It’s a sight to behold.
We are so grateful our family is safe, but they have lost the vast majority of the contents of their homes. All of the appliances, beds, furniture, books, cabinets, drywall, and insulation are at the curb waiting for trash pick up. Flood insurance covers only the structure and none of the contents.Many of you have asked if you can help.
Their homes will be repaired and they are moving forward with solving the problems of life after a major flood. Neighbors are helping neighbors. Friends and family have descended on the area to lend a hand, to donate supplies, to cook and distribute free meals to everyone as they work to save their homes from the onset of mold and pick up the pieces to start over.
If you are able and want to make a donation, it will be greatly appreciated and go directly towards Seth, Asher and their families getting back into their houses and making them homes again.
Liz & Eddy
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