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LOUISIANA FLOODS

Did you know?

  • The 2016 flood in Louisiana was the worst natural disaster to hit the US since Superstorm Sandy.
  • The floods were caused by unprecedented levels of rainfall which the National Weather Service called a "1-in-1,000-year event" and destroyed or damaged more than 140,000 homes, businesses, and schools. 
  • Many victims were very poor families and most did not have flood insurance.

International Relief Teams continues to send volunteer teams to Louisiana to repair damaged homes for victims who cannot recover on their own. 

IRT has more than 30 years of experience in assisting victims of disasters, both nationally and internationally. Disaster recovery is a long-term process, and IRT prides itself on supporting affected communities for years after the initial emergency is over. In the US, IRT worked for four years in some of the hardest hit areas of New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy, rebuilding nearly 50 homes. After Hurricane Katrina (2005), IRT deployed teams every other month to the Mississippi coast through March 2012, rebuilding and repairing 219 homes. IRT is also continuing to respond in Puerto Rico (2017), Florida (2018), and North Carolina (2018) following devastating hurricanes.

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Louisiana
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Population:
4.7 Million
% without health insurance:
13.8%
% of persons living in poverty:
19.6%
% of high school graduates:
83.4%
Median household income:
$45,047

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