Bishop Palmer Calls for Action after Historic Louisiana Flooding
The Apostle Paul states in Romans, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." Today, we have an opportunity to make this benediction a lived reality in the lives of people and communities impacted by unprecedented flooding across the Baton Rouge area of Louisiana.
On Friday, August 12, torrential rain pounded Louisiana, with 22-40 inches of rain falling in some areas. Often, there was no opportunity to evacuate because of how quickly the water rose. Throughout the weekend, the National Guard rescued more than 20,000 people. Some of the rescued were required to evacuate again when flood waters reached even tho
se places deemed safe. At least six people are confirmed dead, and Governor Edwards stated that we will not know the extent of damage and death for a few more days, when water recedes. Calling this "unprecedented" and "historic," Governor Edwards indicated that it will take weeks to assess the damage and years to recover from its devastation. A minimum of 2,700 homes have been flooded, plus businesses and human service providers. One Baton Rouge hospital evacuated patients because of rising water. President Obama declared a major disaster, freeing federal resources to assist impacted families and communities. Communities south of Baton Rouge are bracing for flooding as bloated rivers flow to the ocean.
The United Methodist Church has been and will continue to be present in Louisiana and other affected areas. God calls us to bring the power of healing and restoration to people and communities. We, the Church, will be present for years to come, long after the media spotlight has left. West Ohio has proven its commitment to extending Christian compassion for those left in the wake of devastation. We come to you once again, asking you to pour out your compassion to our neighbors whom God calls us to love. Read More for specific ways you can do this.