Louisiana Hurricanes Laura and Delta

All Hands and Hearts was working in southwest Louisiana from September 2020 to December 2021, assisting families affected by Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta. 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.

Louisiana was hit by five major storms in 2020, the two largest causing significant damage. 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. 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, 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 Work

After over a year working in Southwest Louisiana, our program supporting communities affected by Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta came to an end in mid-December. On the heels of the storm, and 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 in September 2020. With the support of AmeriCorps NCCC members and the Veterans Community Group from Washington State, the initial team focused on response activities like hazard tree removal and roof tarping.

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. The roofing component of our program ran through July and our small but mighty team was able to overcome many challenges to complete 22 roofs. Due to the dangers of roofing during the summer in Louisiana, we ended our roofing program and in July 2021 our focus shifted to interior home repairs. Between July and December, the team was busy installing siding, windows, flooring, doors, trim, cabinetry, painting, mudding and sanding to complete nine interior home repairs as the program closed in mid-December 2021.

Current Activities

In the final weeks of the program, our team focused on ramping down and, importantly, completing the final three interior home repairs in our queue. Since the roofing program ended in July, we have completed nine home repairs. We are grateful to have worked closely with the local community and hope these recovery efforts bring back a sense of normalcy and safety to the families affected by the storms.

Community Spotlight

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.

The team also worked on Ms. Roxanne’s home. Her home was severely damaged by both Hurricane Laura and Delta, and she had been living without running water and a large hole where the kitchen used to be since the storm struck last year. The team was excited to complete the interior finishing and make the home safe and comfortable for Roxanne, her son, and two tiny dogs.

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Partner Spotlight

During our time in Louisiana, we collaborated with St. Bernard Project and the Fuller Center, with encouragement from the Long Term Recovery Committee. As of July 2021, we were the only remaining national/international relief organizations taking on hurricane repair scopes of work. Watch this clip from KPLCTV to learn more.

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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.

Disaster Profile

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.

At times like these, it’s important to be prepared. Check out our Hurricane Preparedness resource and take action to protect yourself and your loved ones.

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Program Work

Together with the help of our volunteers and partners, we are able to undertake work activities that will ensure community members are able to recover faster.

All Hands and Hearts base work

Base Work Base Work

Our bases are communal living spaces that we strive to make feel like home for each and every volunteer. Base work allows us to achieve this and also gives us the opportunity to leverage volunteer skills off the worksite, should they be willing and able to help with office work.

All Hands and Hearts base work

Base Work Base Work

Our bases are communal living spaces that we strive to make feel like home for each and every volunteer. Base work allows us to achieve this and also gives us the opportunity to leverage volunteer skills off the worksite, should they be willing and able to help with office work.

Debris Removal Debris Removal

Debris removal is classified as the removal of personal items, appliances, furniture or vegetation that were damaged or destroyed by the disaster and are found outside of the physical structure.

All Hands and Hearts Debris Removal
All Hands and Hearts Debris Removal

Debris Removal Debris Removal

Debris removal is classified as the removal of personal items, appliances, furniture or vegetation that were damaged or destroyed by the disaster and are found outside of the physical structure.

All Hands and Hearts Home Rebuilds

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Home build programs aim to provide a safe living environment for homeowners that have been impacted by disaster. Our teams of staff and volunteers may undertake a series of activities which help to ensure homeowners are able to return to their residences as timeously as possible.

All Hands and Hearts Home Rebuilds

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Home build programs aim to provide a safe living environment for homeowners that have been impacted by disaster. Our teams of staff and volunteers may undertake a series of activities which help to ensure homeowners are able to return to their residences as timeously as possible.

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