The Headlines: Hurricane Ida Causes Mass Devastation

On August 29, the 16-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the southern border of Louisiana braved yet another deadly storm: Hurricane Ida. Samaritan’s Purse was on the ground just hours after the category 4 storm cleared—immediately receiving a flood of requests from homeowners asking for help. Kristy Graham hears first-hand from ministry leadership working in the disaster zone.
On August 29, the 16-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the southern border of Louisiana braved yet another deadly storm: Hurricane Ida. Samaritan’s Purse was on the ground just hours after the category 4 storm cleared—immediately receiving a flood of requests from homeowners asking for help. Kristy Graham hears first-hand from ministry leadership working in the disaster zone.

– Samaritan’s Purse is looking for volunteers to be the hands and feet of Christ in Louisiana! Check out SPvolunteer.org to see how you can serve.

– Visit our website to read more stories about how our team is encouraging families in the wake of Hurricane Ida.

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Show Notes

Two weeks ago, on August 29, 2021, Hurricane Ida’s path took a devastating turn as it barreled toward the southeastern border of Louisiana. The Category 4 storm unearthed trees, homes, and communities as it spread through the Greater New Orleans area. All the while, Samaritan’s Purse U.S. Disaster Relief teams were tracking the storm and standing by to assess the damage.

Only hours after the winds and rain subsided, Samaritan’s Purse disaster responders deployed and now have response sites in three locations: Houma, Hammond, and Greater New Orleans. In this timely episode, Kristy Graham hears from Chandler Saylors, a program manager on the ground in Louisiana, to give a current update on the families impacted and the work of Samaritan’s Purse.

“For many people, they talk about past storms—even though Katrina was 16 years ago,” Chandler explains. “It’s so devastating to them personally and as a community. Many feel like they just got back on their feet after previous hurricanes, and now this.”

Hurricane Ida is the sixth major weather emergency to make landfall in Louisiana since the beginning of 2020. Chandler shares how the ministry has quickly mobilized volunteers by partnering with local churches and relying on help from out of state. Staff and volunteers are coming alongside hurting homeowners in the area to clean debris, salvage belongings, and clear downed trees.

Please continue to pray and consider serving with Samaritan’s Purse as we act as the body of Christ to the families in Louisiana.

“During this devastation, we ask you to join us in prayer for these families that are weathering the aftermath of yet another storm.” —Kristy Graham