Posted on August 14, 2016
Article by Affiliate Louisiana Gazette
Baton Rouge, Louisiana–Residents need general supplies and medical supplies as waters rise in Louisiana. Local residents of the Shanandoah area Shaun and Celeste Pitree walked in water as deep as 3 to 4 feet to help residents evacuate their homes and get to higher ground. This was the Pitrees’ first time to go through a flood that was not related to a hurricane.
Shanandoah residents need ice, ice chests, diapers, oxygen, water, food, general necessities, medications and general supplies, according to the Pitrees. Shaun stated that grocery stores and the one gas station that has food are closed due to flooding. Shanandoah is located in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents have rescued a total of 2,324 people and 464 animals in the effected areas. Local Fire and Rescue are also helping rescue residents stuck in the flood waters.
Celeste said, “Citizens are doing everything they can. We want everybody to know we’re expecting more water and want people to know what we’re going through and how the community is pulling together.”
President Obama declared a major disaster exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding.The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the parishes of East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena, and Tangipahoa. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
For residents effected by the flood trying to find a shelter near you CLICK HERE
Residents wanting to apply for FEMA assistance CLICK HERE
To donate to the American Red Cross CLICK HERE