By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor
[img_assist|nid=7356|title=Chainsaw Crews|desc=While Louisiana’s Disaster Relief Teams have not had to deal with the projected castrophic flooding forecasted, they were prepared for the worst. Even though, they did not have to turn out in force here, they have responded to the needs of Mississippi and Alabama hit hard by deadly tornadoes and spring storms, as well as needs in Louisiana.|link=none|align=left|width=640|height=491]MISSISSIPPI RIVERBANKS – As an event, it didn’t happen.
But Louisiana’s 4,300-plus trained Disaster Relief volunteers and its 74 DR units – feeding, shower/laundry, chain saw, mud-out, child care trailers – were ready, just in case Mississippi River floodwaters overtopped or breached levees anywhere from Lake Providence to the Gulf of Mexico.
“It’s frustrating sometimes, but that’s the nature of the beast,” said Gibbie McMillan, director of Disaster Relief and men’s ministries for the Louisiana Baptist Convention. “All the preparatory work we did – but it was a blessing we didn’t need them.