MDS seeking volunteers for Louisiana

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) volunteers have begun the arduous process of mucking out and cleaning up homes in the town of Central, La., resulting from the worst U.S. disaster since Superstorm Sandy in 2012. There is a need for more volunteers. An “unnamed” storm, but just as devastating as any named storm of its magnitude, dropped up to nearly a metre of rain in the span of 15 hours across south central Louisiana in mid-August, causing massive flooding in and around Baton Rouge and forcing tens of thousands from their homes. MDS is focussing its work at the moment on Central and the surrounding communities. “The search and rescue efforts by first responders was a huge effort,” says Larry Stoner, MDS regional operations coordinator, after visiting the region late last month. “We are hopeful our Anabaptist brother and sisters will step up and offer some time to help the folks in Louisiana,” says Kevin King, executive director of MDS. “It is a long way from home for many of us, but MDS has lodging, food and showers and all the equipment needed for the job.” To volunteer in Louisiana, visit bit.ly/mds-volunteer-form.  —Mennonite Disaster Service

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