At least seven tornadoes tore across eastern Louisiana on Tuesday, leading Governor John Bel Edwards to declare a state of emergency. The twisters caused extensive destruction throughout the state and damaged hundreds of homes. International Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse was on the ground just hours after the storm.
A Samaritan's Purse Disaster Response tractor-trailer is now on the way, and the organization is mobilizing volunteers to provide relief to New Orleans—an area where Samaritan's Purse responded less than 12 years ago after Hurricane Katrina.
"Tuesday's storms hammered eastern Louisiana, leaving hundreds of families reeling from tremendous loss," said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse. "We want to show the love of Jesus Christ by reminding families they are not alone and helping them recover from these devastating tornadoes."
ABC News reports that, although there have been no tornado-related deaths, there have been 31 injuries reported. In New Orleans Parish, 9,400 people are without power. Tornadoes were also reported in Mississippi.
The nationwide network of Samartian's Purse volunteers will help families clean up after the storm. Teams will use skid-steer loaders, chainsaws and other equipment to clear debris and remove fallen trees. Volunteers will also assist homeowners by covering damaged roofs with tarp and helping them recover personal belongings.
Courtesy: Samaritan's Purse Press Release
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Publication date: February 9, 2017