I hope that you have been staying cool during this horrific heatwave. While we are dealing with deadly heat here in our region, Louisiana is facing an even more deadly crisis. Historic flooding continues to submerge vast swaths of southern Louisiana trapping thousands in their homes, requiring water rescues of over 20,000 people, and forcing thousands of others to evacuate. The Red Cross is there providing shelter for over 10,600 people in at least 50 shelters as of last night. The National Guard is also present with more than 1700 troops mobilized and more are on the way, more than 200 roads are closed, and at least 4 people have died as a result of these floods. This is an AP aerial photo along the flooded Tangipahoa River near Amite, Louisiana, Aug. 13, 2016.
On Sunday night, the President declared a major disaster in Louisiana, specifically in the parishes of Tangipahoa, St. Helena, East Baton Rouge and Livingston—we expect more to be added to the list. The Red Cross response: is now a Level 7 National Operation, which means we’re anticipating incremental costs to exceed $10 million. We need your help to be able to help the people of Southern Louisiana. Please consider making a donation to disaster relief and opening a micro site for your employees and team members to help support our response to this devastation.
Everyone’s help is needed to support the Red Cross response to this tragic flooding in Louisiana and to ensure that we can continue to respond to the critical work here at home helping our neighbors with home fires and other local disasters. Should you be able to help people affected by disasters like floods in Louisiana and countless other crisis, you can make a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your generosity enables the Red Cross to respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
Thank you for your support and consideration. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Judge Renée Cardwell Hughes (Ret.)
American Red Cross Eastern PA
2221 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103