AUSTIN (KXAN) — Tropical moisture bringing rain to the Austin-area has caused a major problem for Louisiana with 25 inches of rain in the past few days. A total of 11 people have died in the Lousiana floods, which Red Cross says are the worst the country has seen since Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
The Austin Fire Department has announced they will be sending firefighters to help the efforts for Lousiana residents as flooding continues. Six firefighters will join the Texas Task Force One, which will help search, rescue and recover people swept away in the floods.
AFD says they might send more people to join the task force if more help is needed. The team will meet up in College Station on Wednesday before leaving for Louisiana.
Red Cross is sending volunteers to aid in the relief efforts. The Austin Disaster Relief Network will also be sending a team of volunteers to help Lousiana.
“Our trained volunteers can provide spiritual and emotional care, and we invite the people of Austin to help these neighbors just a few hours away. ADRN is prepared to aid disaster survivors beyond Austin when the need arises, and this appears to be among the worst natural disasters in our history,” said ADRN Executive Director Daniel Geraci.
So far, residents in Lake Arthur, Louisiana have been evacuated from their homes. Additionally, there have been over 30,000 water rescues since the flooding began.
How you can help
ADRN is encouraging the Austin community to donate supplies they will send to flood survivors. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 17 and 18 you can drop off items at the Hope Family Thrift Store at 1122 E 51st St.
- New undergarments (for children and adults)
- New socks
- Toiletries (shampoo, face wash, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes)
- Black trash bags
- Mops and buckets
- Utility knives
- Leather work gloves
- Inflatable mattresses
- Hand sanitizer
- Box fans
You can make a monetary donation here, or by texting AUSTINRELIEF to 444999.