By Baptist Message staff
ALEXANDRIA, La. (LBM) – Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief leaders want the state to know help is on the way.
Initial assessments are being completed Friday in areas hit hardest by Thursday’s powerful storm. Then teams will be deployed over the weekend to begin the task of helping to clear out fallen trees and other debris from damaged homes.
Gibbie McMillan, state disaster relief coordinator for Louisiana Baptists, said four locations have been established for feeding and housing volunteers: Trinity Baptist Church, Lake Charles (manned by Arkansas teams), First Baptist Church, Moss Bluff (manned by Louisiana teams), First Baptist Church, DeRidder (manned by Louisiana teams) and East Leesville Baptist Church (manned by South Carolina teams).
McMillan encouraged Louisiana Baptists to volunteer or donate at louisianabaptists.org/disasterreliefdonate or e-mail Kelly.Tam@louisianabaptists.org.
Hurricane Laura made landfall as a Category 4 storm around 1 a.m. Thursday near Cameron and had maximum sustained winds as it made landfall. The storm was responsible for four deaths in the state, damaged many structures and knocked out power to more than 579,000 homes and businesses at one time.