Devastation from Ida Continues: Lutheran Church Charities Disaster Response Ready to Deploy to Impacted Communities in Southern States Hardest-Hit by Hurricane Ida
Helping with Property Recovery, but most of all Lives!
Working with LCMS Disaster Response, Districts & Churches to Help Impacted Individuals and Families with Recovery Efforts
I REMEMBER ….
16 years ago – Katrina hit
But no matter when and where – LCC responds!
It’s what LCC did and still does because of Your Support – Then and Now!
On August 29, the 16th anniversary of the devastating Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ida made landfall in southern Louisiana with Category 4 strength of 150+ mph winds, slamming into Port Fourchon, Leeville, and Grand Isle. One of the strongest storms to make landfall is now a massive tropical storm moving slowly at 8 mph but plowing a destructive path through Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida.
Your Donations Are Needed to Help People Severely Impacted
Tim Hetzner, LCC President/CEO, and Kathy O’Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response, have been monitoring the storm since Sunday and are in close contact with Rev. Ross Johnson and Rev. Michael Meyer from the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) Disaster Response, as well as District Presidents and Disaster Response Coordinators.
Pastor Ed Brashier, Southern District Disaster Response Coordinator, will begin assessments in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama as soon as it is safe to do so. Mid-South District President Rev. Dr. Roger Paavola stated he would closely watch the storm’s path through his district in Mississippi and Tennessee. Both intend to keep LCC posted on the effects of Hurricane Ida on their respective Districts and how LCC can assist with recovery efforts.
Packing a powerful punch, Ida continues to produce flash flooding as well as tornadoes as it moves inland over the next several days. Emergency Management is currently reporting four deaths in Louisiana and Mississippi. Other residents are being rescued from attics and rooftops in LaPlace, Louisiana. Over one million residents and businesses are without power which may take weeks to restore.
Much of Louisiana has lost water supply due to the storm. Ida has dropped more than 10 inches of rain in the past 48 hours over portions of Louisiana and Mississippi, some areas toppling 18 inches. Both Louisiana and Mississippi will experience major power outages, water and gas shortages for several weeks. Extensive damage has been reported in the following cities so far with many more areas continuing to be impacted:
Louisiana: Delacroix, Golden Meadow, Gray, Grand Isle, Houma, LaFitte, LaPlace, Leeville, New Orleans, Port Fourchon, Raceland, Thibodeaux, Venice
Mississippi: Gulfport, Jackson
Please pray for the safety of those in the path of Hurricane Ida and for all of the first responders, volunteers, and LCMS and LCC Disaster Response teams who serve them. If you are so moved, please donate generously to help LCC support the recovery efforts in the hardest-hit communities.
Lutheran Church Charities Disaster Response stands ready to show the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2
LCC never goes where we are not invited.
We NEVER charge those we serve!