Louisiana Hurricanes Laura and Delta
Louisiana was hit by five named storms last year with the two largest causing significant damage to southwest Louisiana. Following the storms, All Hands and Hearts deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to assess the damage and they determined a high need for muck and guts, and tree and debris removal.
From September 2020 to June 2021, we used a DM12 volunteer model to assist families affected by Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta. Beginning July 25, we will return to our traditional volunteer model, with no minimum time commitment. We’ve been able to help by felling hazard trees, performing debris removal, muck and guts, mold sanitation, roofing, and have recently begun a program building ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant ramps for our homeowners. Sign up to join our team today!
Recent Events: During the week of May 17, 2021, extensive rainfall caused severe flooding and a state of emergency was declared in Louisiana. Many of the most severely affected neighborhoods were those still recovering from Hurricanes Laura and Delta.
With the assistance of partners including Crisis Cleanup and Catholic Charities, we identified Lake Charles and the surrounding areas as the communities in the greatest need. Our team is currently assisting families impacted by both Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta. With the support of AmeriCorps NCCC members and the Veterans Community Group from Washington State, the response team was initially focusing on response activities.
In December 2020, we wrapped up our chainsaw and roof tarping work and started a Resilient Roof Repair Program to help address some of the long-term recovery needs. We have committed to staying in Southwest Louisiana working on both response and recovery activities until August 2021.
Our Resilient Roof Repair Program is led by staff members who work to dry-in residential homes, while teams led by trained Team Leaders (TLs) work on removing the damaged material from the interior. Since starting the Resilient Roof Repair Program, the team has completed a total of 15 roofs, with an additional 12 in the work queue for the coming months.
Over the past month, our team completed their twenty-second roof as part of our Resilient Roof Repair Program. With such a small team, the challenges of COVID-19 and adverse weather conditions, we’re incredibly proud of this roofing program, which has so far supported 22 families on the path to safely returning to their homes. Due to extreme heat, the roofing program is paused for the remainder of the summer. We aim to reassess its feasibility in the fall. In the meantime, our focus remains on interior home rebuilds, as well as mucking and gutting and mold sanitation. Thanks to additional funding and support, we’re delighted to announce that we will be extending this work until December 2021. We’re also excited to announce that we have begun the transition from our DM12 volunteer model back to a normal operating model. Starting July 25, 2021, we will be welcoming volunteers with no minimum time commitment. If you’re interested in joining us, please apply now!
Our team was really pleased to be able to complete a new, resilient roof for Ms. Rosie’s home. Ms. Rosie was the president of the NAACP Lake Charles Chapter for 40 years, and she is an author who has written extensively about race and religion and how those intersect in her experience. Our team commented on what an incredibly kind person Ms. Rosie is, and they recently helped her move some of the belongings that were damaged or destroyed by the hurricanes out of her home.
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Our collaboration with St. Bernard Project and the Fuller Center continues, with encouragement from the Long Term Recovery Committee, which has made grants to all three nonprofits. In this area of Louisiana, we are the only remaining national/international relief organizations taking on hurricane repair scopes of work. Watch this clip from KPLCTV to learn more.
COVID-19 Safety Measures
Review our COVID-19 Safety Measures & Updates to learn about the new operational standards we’re implementing on program to safeguard the people in the communities we serve, volunteers and staff.
On August 27, 2020, Hurricane Laura pounded the Louisiana and Texas coasts, making landfall near Cameron, Louisiana as a Category 4 storm with 150 m.p.h. winds. Over 90% of residential homes had been damaged in some way by the hurricane. Hurricane Laura tied the Last Island Hurricane (1856) for the strongest landfalling hurricane in Louisiana on record.
Just six weeks later, on October 9, 2020, 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. Delta also caused 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.