The Flood of Southern Louisiana

When Did The Flood Begin?

flood 1Beginning August 11, a steady yet heavy rainfall fell for about 39 hours straight over Louisiana. The rain ended on Saturday August 13th. This left less than 15 people dead. The flood also left many others to be rescued from rooftops, homes, and cars. Everything that they had was ruined and washed away by the amount of rain. They even lost their supply of food and clothing. Their animals are also being rescued.

How Did It Happen?

Michael Musher, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in College Park, Maryland stated that the “jet stream straddled the U.S.-Canada border and created a large dome of high pressure over the East Coast” (information from Scientific American). This was happening at the same time that a large amount of low pressure was accumulating in Florida. The dome, however, made it to where the mixture of air pressure and moisture flowed into Louisiana instead of towards the North. This flood was exactly like a hurricane or a tropical storm without the high winds.

What is Shiftcon?

Shiftcon is the only social media conference that focuses on food, wellness, health and the environment. This association was a big part of helping the community that was harmed by the Louisiana flood. They have donated $500 to help first responders who were losing their own homes due to them rescuing others from the flood. This association has traveled widely, finding ways to help communities and finding ways to help provide for their needs in desperate times such as this one.

How Are The Louisiana Flood Victims Being Helped?

The United Way is an organization that helps others living in poverty and helps with giving them what they need. They have set up a flood relief and recovery fund to accept donations from surrounding communities to give to the Louisiana Flood victims in this time of need. They have set up a list of donations needed by the victims to get their homes cleaned up. They also have donations for necessities for various ages to survive. They have been helping to get people back on their feet while providing them shelter and food.

What Items Are Needed?

There many items needed by the Louisiana Flood victims. They need cleaning supplies: buckets, bleach, cleaning solutions/detergents, ‘shockwave’ for mold, mops, brooms, paper towels, large garbage bags, rubber gloves, masks, scrub brushes, scouring pads, sponges, air freshener, and a lot more. Clothing, non-perishable food items, baby supplies, and other necessities are needed. All donations can be sent to 2515 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA, 9:00 AM thru 6:00 PM, or 725 S Morrison Blvd. Hammond, LA 70403, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. We, the members of Writing for Media, are hosting a Flood Relief Drive here at school to help with sending donations to the Louisiana flood victims. Therefore, donations can also be sent to the school by September 12th, and Mrs. Kibbie will ship them.

Written by Bethany Montgomery

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