Torrential floods in Louisiana have closed more than 7,000 businesses and damaged more than 40,000 homes. According to the Red Cross, the relief efforts will cost more than $30 million.
As the worst national disaster since Hurricane Sandy, the Great Flood of ’16 has left much of Louisiana in ruins, and reconstruction will take several months at least. Sadly, most homeowners whose properties were damaged do not have insurance to cover their losses.
Many face financial ruin and do not know where to turn. If you suffered significant losses in the recent Louisiana floods, contact Morris Bart, LLC. An accident attorney in Lafayette will evaluate your situation and explain your legal options. Call 800-537-8185 today to schedule a free consultation.
More Than 25,000 People Have Filed Flood Insurance Claims
According to TIME, more than 25,000 people have filed flood insurance claims. The Advocate estimates the total amount of approved disaster assistance claims to be $3.7 million, so far. The death toll has reached 13, and there are still more than 8,000 properties without power.
But these numbers don’t do justice to the adversity faced by the people in Louisiana – who have to shovel silt out of their living rooms and desperately search for food for themselves and their children. They are coping with the loss of their savings, their most valuable assets, and their way of life.
A successful recovery relies on the efforts of individuals across the United States. Relief organizations are accepting donations online or by check, as well as food, water and supplies for displaced pets.
Here are a few ways to contribute:
NOLA Pay It Forward: This organization needs volunteers and donations to help with relief efforts. You can learn more by visiting the NOLA Pay It Forward webpage.
Red Cross: You can donate $10 by texting LAFLOODS to 90999, or you can call 1-800-REDCROSS to donate by phone.
Second Harvest Food Bank: Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes and are in desperate need of food, hygienic supplies and other basic essentials. Second Harvest Food Bank is accepting nonperishable items such as canned vegetables, canned meat, canned fruit, peanut butter, pasta, rice, chili, stews, soups, beans and breakfast cereal. You can drop off your donations at 700 Edwards Ave., Elmwood.
United Way of Acadiana: You can learn about relief and reconstruction efforts or make donations by visiting the organization’s webpage.
Capital Area United Way: You can make donations here.
Displaced Residents Fear Zika and West Nile Virus
According to the Louisiana Department of Health, fears over the Zika virus may be unfounded. However, the West Nile Virus remains a primary concern among health officials. West Nile has been prevalent in Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina. Residents should watch for symptoms, which include headache, neck stiffness, shakiness and fever.
If you are facing financial ruin due to the floods in Louisiana, contact Morris Bart, LLC. A personal-injury lawyer in Lafayette will evaluate your situation and provide legal guidance. Call 800-537-8185 today to schedule a free consultation.