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Federal Disaster Declarations in Louisiana and Texas


The President has issued a Federal Disaster Declaration for thousands of individuals and families forced from their homes following recent storms and flooding in Louisiana and Texas. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said more than 18,000 households – in 26 parishes – have already registered for assistance in Louisiana and that number is growing daily.  In total, six people have been killed by the impacts of this storm system.

Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster for 21 counties. Newton, Jasper and Orange counties have been Federally declared and are now eligible for FEMA assistance. Texas residents living near the Sabine River, along the border of Texas and Louisiana, were forced from their homes when March storms brought a record of more than two feet of rain.

Four people died in Louisiana during the floods and the National Guard has rescued more than 4,200 people and hundreds of pets. A Louisiana National Guard spokesman told the AP this was “the most widespread non-hurricane flooding the guard has ever dealt with.” To date, there are areas in Louisiana that remain under water.

We need your Help
As survivors begin the long journey to clean up and rebuild their lives, there is an immediate need for financial assistance to help with short term needs to replace and restock lost items including clothing, school supplies and household items.

To make a gift to Upbring Disaster Response, visit our secure giving page.

Long-Term Plans
As we continue to gather information and determine what the long-term recovery plans are, we promise to share it with you. We will post volunteer opportunities as they become available.

We are grateful for your support in meeting the needs of impacted communities at this time. Please continue to pray for the storm victims and their families.

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