Red Cross opening shelter, bringing aid in wake of heavy rains
BATON ROUGE - While widespread damage predicted in connection with the severity of Hurricane Patricia has been less than expected, remnants of the system have still placed families in Louisiana and across in the South in need of help.
The Red Cross says heavy rains and overflowing waterways have closed roadways and left families in need after winds and floods damaged and destroyed homes and made others inaccessible.
The organization says they are currently focused on addressing people's urgent needs. The Red Cross is working with the Tangipahoa Office of Emergency Preparedness to open a shelter this morning for residents who have been rescued from their homes by emergency officials. This shelter is located a Brown Chapel Church, 70427 Martin Luther King Blvd in Tangipahoa.
Disaster team members will continue to respond in Southeast Louisiana and across the state to support residents whose homes were damaged by tornadoes, flooding or home fires. The Red Cross aims to provide assistance in the form of shelter, food and health services in these instances.
As always, the Red Cross can use your support to continue to provide assistance to families in need. Donate at redcross.org/donate or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.