Slow-moving Hurricane Isaac struck southeastern Louisiana in late August, and we now have a clearer picture of what has been left in its wake. Throughout the state, nearly 59,000 homes were damaged, four times the number officials originally estimated after the storm made landfall. Debris cleanup is ongoing in many parishes, and the storm surge associated with Isaac has shown us the devastating effects a long, slow hurricane can have.
While Hurricane Katrina touched the hearts of Americans across the country, Isaac seems to have quickly fallen off the national radar. With Isaac no longer part of the nightly news cycle, those impacted can be easily forgotten. LSS will not let that happen! Our services to Louisiana residents continue as we work side-by-side with our government and faith-based partners.
It will take months for some and years for most to help survivors recover. Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response (LSSDR) remains committed to helping meet the unmet needs of those impacted, as well as aiding in the long-term recovery efforts of the communities that suffered the greatest damage, such as hard-hit Plaquemines Parish.
Please continue to keep Louisiana’s affected residents and responders in your prayers, and consider helping Isaac’s survivors with a donation that will allow us to continue responding to changing needs and reaching out to those who have suffered loss and destruction. Additional information about LSSDR’s disaster relief operations is on the LSSDR website: www.lssdisasterresponse.org.