COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Catastrophic weather events like the recent South Louisiana flooding are so alarming they can almost seem unreal.
But the same thing could happen here if 35 inches of rain fell in a short period of time on our homes and businesses.
If that happened, we, too, could be like the 20,000 Louisiana residents who had to be rescued as their homes were flooded up to the roof.
The video coming out of Baton Rouge paints a clear picture of the suffering and loss that community is having to endure. And we can’t forget this historic flooding has killed 13 people.
Federal disaster relief is coming, but that doesn’t mean people who have lost everything will be magically made whole again.
Government moves slowly, even when the need is most urgent.
New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and New York after Superstorm Sandy are just two cases in point: neither area is totally recovered to this day.
The storm that spawned the Louisiana Floods was not a named storm; not even a hurricane. But it has been horrible. That’s why all of us need to consider how we can help NOW.
The easiest way to donate is through the Red Cross, just pick up your phone and text “LAFLOODS” to 90999 to donate $10 or go to our website wtvm.com and look for the donation link, to give a larger amount.
Baton Rouge is just six or seven hours from the Columbus/Opelika/Auburn area. We believe if we were flooded out of our homes, they would lend us a helping hand, too. Thank you for any donations you choose to give.
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