As most of you in the United States has heard, Louisiana has declared a State of Emergency due to the sudden floodwaters engulfing its southern regions. Hundreds of people have been rescued in cities surrounding mine, as well as my own. My family and I are still safe above-ground in a raised house, but our friends are standing in inches or feet of water.
Our police force and emergency officials are warning everyone to stay indoors, off of the roads, and out of the water. Snakes, alligators, and lots of bugs are fleeing their homes and into houses. Men and women with tall vehicles and boats are out in the downpour rescuing others trapped in houses and cars or filling and loading sand bags for them. The number of evacuation centers opening throughout the weekend are growing.
I am unable to help, with the exception of sending prayers, but afterwards I know I will be helping friends and family members clean their houses/yards and put everything back in order. I cannot stress enough how blessed we are to be in a raised home where most of the flooding has not reached.
Oftentimes we ask “Why us; why now,” but this afternoon a calmness came over me. God has a plan. There is a reason He has kept the thunder and lightning at bay and has kept our minds off of hate and more focused on helping one another. There is nothing like a big storm to establish a strong feeling of community. Our actions and prayers speak louder than Trump’s impulsive, irritating voice on ABC News in between weather forecasts. With all of the tragedy and hardships around us, I’d already forgotten that it was an election year.
Hopefully the rain will stop; we’ve had about 20 inches in my hometown already, and the rain isn’t due to stop for days. If only the rain would stall so the water levels would go down. Rivers are flooding and washing away people, pets, homes, cars, and even smaller emergency vehicles. There have been 4 confirmed deaths so far, and a list of people who are still unaccounted for. The National Guard are here now, rescuing hundreds from their rooftops and attics with only an armload of their belongings salvageable. Thank God for their large army vehicles that can withstand the high water levels so those who were trapped will be brought to centers where they will be cared for.
I may not have been on this earth as long as many others, but I have never seen so much flooding and destruction just by water. Our friends and family closest to us are fighting to keep the water from ruining everything in their homes. Sewage and river water are backing up into toilets and showers, electricity is off in some places. There is a curfew that will be enacted sometime this evening.
Here is a video showing just some of the destruction and flooding this persistent cell is causing to our state.
This story shares how much our National Guard has aided in relief and rescue efforts. Thank you for your service and bravery.