Local church aids Louisiana flood victims


Its 3 a.m. and you were sound asleep. Next thing you know your neighbor is pounding on the door screaming to get your family and run for your life. But why? You look outside and see water up to your house. You have just enough time to put on clothes, gather your family and drive away, without knowing the next time you will see your home. For the people of Louisiana this was a reality in august as many residents were hit by the flood.

With the families in Louisiana they had their homes destroyed and they needed a lot of help. Without a moment’s notice a religious organization came together and decided they needed to help the people of Louisiana. The group were members from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They came from all over the country to help. The biggest attendance was from the Spring, Texas area. They came only to serve.

“We came to serve anyone who needed help because it’s the right thing to do,” Truman Semadeni said. “We honestly are not that far from them and if we were in the same situation as them, we would want help.”

When they all arrived they helped out at the house they were stationed at, but once they were done with their house, they didn’t stop there. They went knocking on doors to see if anyone else needed help and to see if they could help any way they could.

“We didn’t even go searching or asking for help, they came and found us,” Celia Hunt resident that lives in Baton Rouge said. “We were so blessed and thankful to have them come help us.”

The church volunteers did everything from ripping up carpet, to taking down drywall, to fixing pipes, to removing cabinets, and so much more. The group that was in the Baton Rouge area was able to help out with about thirty homes within two weeks

“It’s very depressing to see that these people’s lives, their memories are just destroyed,” Brennan Strader from Spring Texas said.

While the final number won’t be known for some time, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office has estimated that 60,646 homes were damaged and 30,000 people rescued.

“Service is one of the last and only humane things left that we could do here on this earth,” Mathew Strader said. “We came here not because of our religious group, but because we all just wanted to help.”