Baton Rouge, La., Aug 16, 2016 / 10:57 am
In southern Louisiana, the flooding is perhaps unprecedented. And the local Catholic Charities is stepping up to help, even as its own staff is affected by the disasters.
"This is something that we've never experienced before," David C. Aguillard, executive director of Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge, told CNA.
"We're the disaster capital of the world down here. We've had oil spills, rig fires, tornados, ice storms, hurricanes, floods," he said Aug. 15. "The thing about this is it's such a widespread area. This is basically all of south Louisiana from the Mississippi border to Texas. Everything south of I-10 is flooded."
More than 30 inches of rain fell in southern Louisiana beginning on Friday, flooding rivers and waterways. Some rivers won't recede for two days, and any additional rain would risk more flash floods.