The surge also flooded major roadways, including U.S. 51, Belle Terre Boulevard and Interstates 10 and 55. More than 3,000 residents of LaPlace were evacuated to shelters in Shreveport and Alexandria after floodwaters rose quickly and unexpectedly. In many areas, flooding from the storm was worse than Hurricane Katrina.
While parish officials and legislators are working on a solution to protect St. John the Baptist and Plaquemines parishes, there are thousands of residents who need help immediately.
Besides manpower and physical help, the one most basic item needed is shoes. Most everyone affected has been left with one pair of shoes, and in many cases those shoes are feet baring sandals.
Shoes are needed immediately. Children and adults need school shoes, work shoes and tennis shoes.
To donate shoes, contact St. John the Baptist Parish President Dana Milioto at (985) 652-9569.
Volunteers may contact Louisiana Volunteer Organizations Assisting in Disasters (LAVOAD) at (504) 376-9121.
Monetary donations can be made at www.hurricaneisaacrecoveryfund.com. Donations will be used to buy necessities and building supplies.
For more information, contact Renée Ory at (337) 296-5506.