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 although it was a weaker storm, it compounded the damages already left by previous storms, and caused a lot more rainfall accumulation, with several places reporting up to 18” within a few hours. Flood emergencies and wind damage have been reported across large areas, and many communities that were beginning to recover from Hurricane Laura now have new damage to their properties.
Our team is continuing to assist families impacted by Hurricane Laura, while assessing the needs of those affected by Hurricane Delta. With the support of AmeriCorps NCCC members, the focus of our current activities is chainsaw work and roof tarping.