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Lower Mississippi River Dispatch No. 357

---- Friday, August 19, 2016 ----

Flood Report from Baton Rouge courtesy of LEAN

Louisiana Flood:

Last week a tropical depression planted itself over southern Louisiana and dumped over two feet of rain over a large area (31 inches in 15 hours in one place), and now 30,000 residents have been forced to evacuate. Some 40,000 homes are reporting damage. Only 1 in 8 have flood insurance. Tragically, 13 are dead. It looks like what we experienced on the Sunflower River in March, the highest water anyone’s ever seen, but at much greater scale in a higher density area. The Amite River crested a full five feet higher than it's ever crested before. Our friends at the Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper are and Louisiana Environmental Action Network are on the ground providing assistance in the Baton Rouge area. Reports LEAN director Marylee Orr: “We just received word 600 people are trapped in a church. Michael is paddling in a canoe to get their needs assessment done. Receiving 3 truck of things for people in just a few minutes. Paul is helping with that. Prayers and good thoughts are much appreciated.”

Mother Marylee, we can send more than prayers! See below for for how to help:

From the Louisiana Environmental Action Network newsletter:

The Creek Has Risen, But God Willing We Will Recover

The floods of the past several days have been a tragic surprise for many. LEAN is grateful to have escaped any flood damage to our office. We are safe and dry and eager to assist our community and friends across south Louisiana in this time of need. We would love to hear from you, please contact us and let us know that you are ok or that you are in need, we will help any way we can.

Anyone affected by the floods needs be sure to apply for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Go To or call 1-800-621-3362.

Additionally, our partners at Together Baton Rouge have developed a quick online survey to assess needs and provide support. Go to LEAN is an active member organization and partner of Together Baton Rouge and proud to offer financial assistance for their direct relief efforts.

We are thankful that the worst of the flooding is behind us but now we must prepare for the often long and tiring process of rebuilding. LEAN wants to remind everyone of a few things as they begin this grueling process.

1. Protect yourself while you clean up. Flood waters can carry an array of hazardous materials and the less you come in contact with them the better. Be sure to wear appropriate personal protective equipment including gloves as well as eye protection and respirators while handling and cleaning objects impacted by the flood waters.

2. Protect you home and your health from further damage by being sure to remove all materials inundated by flood waters. Be sure to allow all floors and walls to dry completely before repairing. MOLD is a hazardous to your health! Take the necessary steps to prevent it and make sure to properly clean it if it appears. Read more here.

3. Protect your community from further hazards by properly disposing of your flood damaged materials. Be sure to properly sort materials so they can be disposed of properly to prevent further contamination. Louisiana DEQ asks that all waste be separated into 5 categories:

– Vegetative yard waste (tree limbs, leaves, etc.)

– Household chemicals, paint, herbicides, pesticides, caustic and flammable liquids (keep these items separated and in their original containers)

– White goods (refrigerators, washers, dryers, stoves and similar appliances)

– Electronic appliances (computers, laptops, televisions, stereos, etc.)

– All other solid, nonhazardous wastes/debris (building materials, furniture, etc.)

Check out the Flood Re-Entry Fact Sheet here for more useful information.

We are proud to be able to offer some direct relief to those who need it through the generous support of our members. If you would be interested in receiving personal protective equipment(PPE) for safely cleaning and re-entering your flood damaged home or you would like to donate to our efforts to provide this PPE for others please contact us, or donate at

We at LEAN are with you during this challenging time. Together we will recover and rebuild better than ever. God Bless you and stay safe.

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Baton Rouge, La 70816

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