Greetings from Monroe, La!
I traveled to Monroe yesterday afternoon (4 hour drive) to work in Client Services. I am working from the Northeast Louisiana Chapter.
Today we conducted outreach visits to dwellings affected by Gustav. We encountered homes surrounded by several feet of water and in some cases fish were swimming within the water! They were washed in from the flooding.
The residents of Rayville (Monroe Parish) were happy to see a Red Cross vehicle & volunteers ready to provide assistance. We handed out bottles of water, food, diapers, formula, clean up kits, etc. In some cases financial assistance was provided. What seemed to be one of the most important items for the residents was “telling their story”. This served as therapy for the youngest to the oldest and hugs were not spared!
Wednesday we will travel another Parish (one of the hardest hit) and continue to spread Red Cross love!