68 deaths, people missing, hundreds rescued
Ida, a Category 4 hurricane, produced winds up to 150 mph, 10 tornados, and historic flash flooding as it hit at the end of August and moved inland across eight states at the beginning of the month. FEMA is currently reporting 68 deaths, with this number expected to rise. Millions of residents and businesses are without power in multiple states, which may take weeks to restore. Thousands of people have lost their homes, belongings, security, and hope.
LCC L.E.R.T. disaster response teams will be assisting the LCMS Southern District, working with Pastor Ed Brashier, Southern District Disaster Response Coordinator, through Atonement Lutheran Church in Metairie, Louisiana. A first and small LCC chainsaw L.E.R.T. team will be arriving on September 12th to serve for one week. Plans are being made for a second team with equipment to deploy as well this month.
Currently, there is no electricity, water pressure is extremely low, and the sewer systems are not operational until the end of the month in parts of Louisiana. It is very difficult to get food, gas, and other essential items needed for residents and volunteers. Pastor Ed is currently assessing damage, determining equipment needs, planning for safe volunteer lodging and deployments. More importantly, he is offering the hope of Jesus Christ in the hard-hit communities of Metairie, Houma, Thibodaux, Raceland, LaPlace, and Lafitte.
Power was partially restored to some areas, but full restoration is not expected until September 30. Eleven parishes are still on mandatory evacuation orders, with nine on partial evacuation orders with curfews. In addition, heat advisory continues with temperatures reaching 105 Fahrenheit.
Please continue to pray for all of those affected by 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 these hard-hit communities.
Lutheran Church Charities Disaster Response is ready to show the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.
The LCC Disaster Response Ministry never charges those we serve. Please donate to the LCC Disaster Response General Fund or Equipment Maintenance & Fuel Expense Fund so that we may continue to show the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.