On Friday, Hurricane Delta made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane. The areas most affected by Delta are the same as those that were devastated by Hurricane Laura just six weeks ago. Delta weakened to a tropical depression as it moved inland through Louisiana.
Hurricane Delta struck only seven days after Entergy Louisiana, which provides power to over 1 million customers in the state, announced that most customers’ power had been restored since losing it after Hurricane Laura. As of 10 AM Saturday, 30% of Louisiana is without power.
Hurricane Delta was weaker than Hurricane Laura, which made landfall as a powerful Category 4 storm, but it has exacerbated earlier damage done by Laura. Delta brought more than 12 inches of rain to much of Southwestern Louisiana within 12 hours of landfall, causing flash flooding which entered houses, stranded cars, and left roads dangerous and unusable. The town of Iowa recorded 17 inches of rain.
Hurricane Delta struck just as people were beginning to recover from Hurricane Laura. Houses that had their roofs destroyed by Laura’s strong winds were then soaked by rainfall and flooding caused by Delta. In an interview with Weekend Edition Saturday, NPR’s John Burnett said of Lake Charles, which was among the hardest-hit areas by Hurricane L
“Hundreds of houses had blue tarps on their rooftops where the earlier storm had blown away pieces of the house. Those were probably ripped off. Debris was piled in heaps on the curbs, and the wind could've scattered that all over the city again.”
How to Help
Donate cash! Disaster relief organizations know what they need to buy and when. Financial contributions are the most effective and flexible method of donating.
Know what to donate. If you don’t want to send cash, make sure you know exactly what to send. Sending unsolicited goods can cause more harm than good and divert labor, transportation, and warehouse space from confirmed needs. (FEMA)
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