Lake Charles, Louisiana (October 13, 2020) – After several demanding weeks serving Lake Charles communities affected after Hurricane Laura, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services teams from Texas have returned to those same neighborhoods now beaten by Hurricane Delta. Much of the area is once again without power and The Salvation Army service continues to be focused on providing food, drinks, and emotional and spiritual care to those in crisis.
With Incident Command established in the heart of Lake Charles on Saturday, the Texas Incident Management Team quickly began to coordinate service delivery amid continuing damage assessment. Five Rapid Response Units (RRU) and two full size mobile kitchens deployed from Salvation Army locations in Texas are providing service in addition to two RRU from the Southern Baptist Texas Convention (SBTC) and three units from The Salvation Army Arkansas/Oklahoma Division.
On Monday, response teams served lunch and dinner in North Lake Charles, West Lake, Iowa, Sulphur, Lake Arthur, Welsh, and Moss Bluff. Lunch service included MRE’s, snack packs, chips, and water. SBTC prepared hot meals to be distributed for dinner. Nine units served in fix locations while three RRUs spent the day roving throughout impacted neighborhoods to better serve individuals.
“We continue to see a lot of folks who are affected by these last two storms struggle with some very basic needs but they are resilient and always thankful.,” said Alvin Migues, EDS Director for The Salvation Army in Texas. “This is a very challenging situation, not only for residents, but also from a response perspective. We hope to be able to provide at least a warm meal and a sense of hope in the coming days to the people of Lake Charles.”
The Salvation Army will be serving in the following locations on Tuesday:
“Yesterday, our unit went to the same town I served in during Hurricane Laura response. This time much of Iowa is flooded.,” said Linda Dowell, a Salvation Army EDS volunteer from Granbury, TX, serving alongside her husband David. “Many of the houses that had tarps lost them during Hurricane Delta and now ceilings have collapsed too. Please keep everyone in your prayers.”
On Monday, The Salvation Army served 5,832 meals, 4,094 drinks, and 2,575 snacks in the Lake Charles area.
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