BATON ROUGE, La. – Historic flooding in Louisiana has left eleven dead in southeastern Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday.
The governor announced that 40,000 homes were affected by the floods, leaving thousands of people displaced.
Storms dumped 21 inches of rain in less than 24 hours over the weekend.
The city has already begun the rebuilding process. Volunteers descended on the city, assisting with everything from helping to rescue people from their homes, to helping to pick up trash and debris.
But the governor says more help is needed.
“We are going to need volunteers to get mud out of homes,” Edwards said Tuesday. “Not everyone can do this on their own.”
If you would like to volunteer, you can sign up by visiting VolunteerLouisiana.gov.
Among the many places affected by the floods is the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. According to a post on their website, their warehouse, stocked with food to help the needy, took in 4 feet of water.
The food bank is accepting donations. If you would like to donate, click here.
The are also asking for volunteers to assist in the clean-up effort. If you would like to assist, click here.
Here are a few other ways you can help, no matter where you live:
1. The Salvation Army is accepting donations. The Salvation Army is helping thousands of people who have evacuated heir homes by distributing hygiene kits and sending aid personnel to Baton Rouge. To donate, click here.
2. The American Red Cross is delivering meals and helping displaced families find shelter. To make a $10 donation, text the word LAFLOODS to 90999.
3. Save the Children is sending personnel to help meet children’s unique needs during this disaster. You can donate to the Gulf Coast Floods children’s Relief Fun by clicking here.