Commercial, Public Service

Groups Set Up Funds for Flood-Afflicted Responders

By Staff Writer | August 23, 2016

At least two groups are accepting donations to help emergency responders afflicted by this month’s severe flooding in Louisiana.

More than 20 parishes (or counties) surrounding Baton Rouge and Lafayette in the southeastern part of the state were flooded after an intense rainstorm stalled over the area Aug. 11. Rains fell at 2 to 3 in an hour throughout the region, and 10 rivers flooded, including eight that reached record levels.

Over 110,000 homes were damaged by floodwaters and 100,000-plus residents were left homeless. They include many emergency response personnel who continued to work aiding neighbors despite their personal losses. 

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 “First responders are not immune to the tragedies they so often help others with,” observed Acadian Ambulance Service. “For many, they leave their homes before these events to be ready to help others in need only to return home, and find they are victims, too.”

That Lafayette-headquartered business, whose six divisions includes the Airbus Helicopters EC135 operator Acadian Air Med, has set up a disaster relief fund to assist more than 100 of its medics and employees whose homes were severely damaged by the flooding. You can find out more about the fund here

Likewise, a New York-based nonprofit organization called the Law Enforcement and Supporters for Media Accountability is spearheading a campaign to raise relief funds for law enforcement personnel in Livingston Parish and other areas. Information on that fund is available here.  

If you know of other groups aiding emergency responders to the Louisiana flooding, please help us share that information with Rotor & Wing International readers.

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