Lafayette Parish flood recovery effort continues with more than 1,200 homes affected

Lafayette Parish flood recovery effort continues with more than 1,200 homes affected

POSTED: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 5:15pm

UPDATED: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 5:19pm

American Red Cross volunteers have gathered reports of more than 1,200 homes affected this week by some level of flood-related damage.

Volunteers continued responding Friday, March 16 to calls from residents needing assistance in Acadia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermilion parishes.

As they meet the families, volunteers are assessing damages, offering support and distributing cleaning supplies.

Glenn Jarreau, who has been volunteering for since early in the week, spent the day with residents who are in disbelief as they have never seen such flooding. Some areas he intended to visit are inaccessible, except by boat.

In some homes he's visited this week, more than 40 inches of water had poured in.

"When you see what people are going through here, you realize how fortunate you are," Jarreau said.

Recognizing some residents may be facing long recoveries, the Red Cross is collaborating with other social service organizations to identify assistance for them.

The team of Red Cross volunteers assisting south Louisiana residents has grown to 100, but additional volunteers are needed.

Training opportunities continue this weekend for health and mental health professionals (for example, nurses, doctors, certified nursing assistants, nursing students). The Health Service Response Workshop will be Sunday (March 18), 1-5 p.m., at the Acadiana Area Chapter, 101 N. Pat St. in Scott, La. Registered nurse Marilyn Wright, who is disaster health services adviser, will lead the training.

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Contact your local Red Cross chapter for other training opportunities.

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