Photo: How to Help Louisiana
Famous for ghosts and ghostly happenings because burial is often temporary in Louisiana’s swamplands, the historically Catholic state is once again having trouble with its restless dead — this time because of record flooding. This photo by Anna Johnson (Denham Springs, LA), comes from the website for the British tabloid The Mirror.
According to the paper, Johnson took the photo in her home town, near Baton Rouge, Tuesday. “We’ve never seen anything like this,” she told the reporter. “It’s worse than Hurricane Katrina.”
“My husband is on rescue missions right now,” she continued He has a boat and he’s helping local sheriffs department.”
More than 40,000 homes and an unknown number of businesses, schools, churches, and other buildings were destroyed by unexpected and catastrophic floods last week. High temperatures and humidity mean that many of these buildings will need to be razed, and that everything in them is lost. Unlike the floods from Hurricane Katrina, which meteorologists saw coming, there was no warning for this disaster.
Many organizations, large and small, are already hard at work in the affected ares. Top, respected organizations on the ground since flooding began include: Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge, Catholic Charities of New Orleans, The Red Cross, and the Salvation Army. Locally, interfaith charity Matthew 25: Ministries is also on the scene in Louisiana with disaster relief.
The Diocese of Covington has asked all parishes to collect household supplies for flood relief next weekend (Sept. 27-28) and to take up a second collection the weekend of Sept. 10-11 for the flood victim’s ongoing monetary needs. Donations to that collection can be sent directly to the Diocese Stewardship and Mission Services at 1125 Madison Ave., Covington, KY 41011-3115.
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