Louisiana has been hit by four storms this year, the two largest of which have caused significant damage. On August 27th, Hurricane Laura pounded the Louisiana and Texas coasts, making landfall near Cameron, Louisiana as a Category 4 storm with 150 m.p.h. winds. Hurricane Laura tied the Last Island Hurricane (1856) for the strongest land-falling hurricane in Louisiana on record.
Just six weeks later, on October 9th, Hurricane Delta made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane in Creole, Louisiana. It followed a similar path to Hurricane Laura and compounded the damages already left by previous storms, as well as causing a lot more rainfall accumulation, with several places reporting up to 18” within a few hours. Flood emergencies and wind damage were reported across large areas, and many communities have significant damage to their properties.
Our team is assisting families impacted by both Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta, and with the support of AmeriCorps NCCC members, has been focusing on response activities to date (chainsawing, roof tarping, debris removal and mucking and gutting). We have committed to stay in Louisiana into 2021, and will be transitioning to recovery activities in December 2020, starting with a resilient roof repair program.