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Flood Water Disaster in Southeast Louisiana

by Sonny Childs

For those who might be following events in south Louisiana…

Flood waters in the Baton Rouge area have risen faster than expected and this trapped a number of people in their homes, many of which are flooded.  Though their houses are above the water line, the roads are impassable.  This includes state roads and portions of the interstate.

The Denham Springs church (Mike Abbott, Minister) has water in it, along with a number of member’s homes.  Some lived in areas where flood insurance was mandatory, but some did not.  This means that some areas above the flood plain are now under water, and the home owners did not have flood insurance.

People are working with boats to get people out.  Some older people are bedridden, some have various levels of dementia, some are on hospice care, etc.

Parish officials are saying this flood is beyond anything anyone ever expected.  One official called it, “a 500 year flood”.

We received about 21″ of rain at our house in a short period of time, but since we live on high ground we are OK.  No loss of power, either, thank God.  The road has been damaged so we are unable to get out.  Most church services in the area have been cancelled for tomorrow.

Prayer appreciated.

From the Board of Directors of the Missionaries for America Program:

Historic levels of flooding has devastated many of our friends and fellow MAPsters in southern Louisiana. We are especially concerned about the Denham Springs Church of Christ near Baton Rouge, LA. The church building is flooded and many of the members have lost their homes.

Because of the ongoing nature of this tragedy, the MAP Board has decided to begin raising money now and send it to the churches of that area as soon as they are able to deal with the rebuilding efforts. If you would like to contribute, please send your checks to the Missionaries for America Program, PO Box 131, Paragould, AR 72451 and be sure to write “Louisiana Relief Effort” on the memo.


Sonny Childs

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