U.S. Disaster Relief Staff Headed to Louisiana

March 10, 2016 • United States
Louisiana flooding. Picture of Samaritan's Purse disaster relief unit rolling down the highway.
A Samaritan's Purse disaster relief unit is on the ground in Oregon and two trucks are headed to Austin and Houston, Texas (file photo).

Much of the north part of the state is under water and continues to be pummeled by heavy rain

[Article updated March 11, 11:05 a.m.]

Torrential rain is once again pounding the South causing deadly flooding. Several people have been killed, thousands of homes have been evacuated, and the downpours keep coming. Nearly two feet of rain has already fallen in some areas of north Louisiana.

Samaritan’s Purse has dispatched two program managers and two disaster relief units to Louisiana. Our staff are headed for the areas around West Monroe and Bossier City. We will be conducting assessments, working in partnership with local officials and churches.

Many homeowners have been evacuated, and it is unknown when they will be able to return to their houses as this is an ongoing weather event. Floodwaters continue to rise. When residents do come back, we will be poised and ready to respond alongside local churches, ministering in the Name of Jesus Christ wherever we are needed. Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Chaplains are also prepared.

Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency for all of Louisiana. Parts of I-20 remain closed and the National Guard has been called out for water rescues.

Please join us in prayer for those affected by this historic flooding. Pray for physical safety and for openness to the Gospel in the wake of these tragic circumstances. Pray also for our staff as they travel and begin their work.

U.S. Disaster Relief Samaritan's Purse mobilizes and equips thousands of disaster relief volunteers to provide emergency aid to U.S. victims of wildfires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. In the aftermath of major storms, we often stay behind to rebuild houses for people with nowhere else to turn for help.

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