Hurricane Laura Brings Devastation to Louisiana
On August 27th, 2020, Hurricane Laura hit Louisiana and left a path of devastation and destruction. Hurricane Laura has caused at least six deaths, including a 14-year-old girl. These deaths occurred due to trees collapsing into houses throughout southern Louisiana.
Hurricane Laura brought winds upward of 150 mph and caused devastating damage to homes, businesses, historical landmarks, places of worship, schools, and more. A 20-foot flash flood storm surge wrecked Lake Charles, Louisiana, and neighboring counties. Furthermore, a chemical plant caught fire started in West Lake, Louisiana, causing harmful smoke to be released in the air, including “chlorine, nitric oxide, and other toxins used in industrial and commercial disinfectants and swimming pools maintenance,” according to The Washington Post.
Last September 13, Embrace Relief together with the help of the Atlas Foundation, International Relations Committee, and the Louisiana Organization of Refugees and Immigrants, distributed food packages to 100 families. They first visited the Lake Charles Fire Station and then dropped off the packages at the delivery site. From there, the donations were distributed to the victims of Hurricane Laura. In addition, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge, was present during the distribution.
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