(The National Guard prepares for flooding in Louisiana)
Disastrous floods have struck Louisiana yet again. The toll has been staggering. This week, more than 66,000 Louisianans have filed for FEMA assistance. As many as 40,000 homes have been damaged by flood waters, and at least 30,000 people have been rescued from either vehicles or homes by authorities due to the Louisiana flood.
The total cost of the Red Cross’ operations in the region is expected to reach $30 million in order to cope with the crisis, which has claimed 11 lives so far.
In addition to having to rebuild after losing so much, residents in Louisiana face a number of other issues that stem from this natural disaster, the likes of which are becoming all-too-common as climate change continues to ravage coastal regions. Lingering health risks – such as mold exposure – will haunt residents for months to come.
Celebrities and average citizens alike have pitched in to help those affected. In a high-profile move, Taylor Swift has donated $1 million for relief efforts. Lady Gaga has also contributed, having donated an undisclosed sum.
You, too, can help flood victims rebound. The following vetted organizations are organizing and/or providing on-the-ground services for Louisiana residents. Make a gift today: