Dear Commons Community,
By now we have all seen the devastation caused by the flooding in Louisiana. More than two feet of rain has fallen in the past week, causing massive flooding and leaving a swath of damage to areas in the eastern and southern parts of the state. At least 50,000 homes have been damaged, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards (D). The death toll has risen to 13. Roads are flooded and closed, while schools, businesses and government offices have been shut down for days. The country has not seen a natural disaster this bad since 2012, when Hurricane Sandy pummeled the East Coast.
If you would like to do help, Randi Weingarten, AFT President and Larry Carter, Louisiana Federation of Teachers Interim President, are making a plea and have set up a donation fund. See details below.
Please be generous!
Our brothers and sisters in Louisiana need our help after severe rainstorms caused massive flooding there earlier this week, leaving at least thirteen dead and more than 50,000 homes damaged, most beyond repair.
In times of crisis, the AFT opens the Disaster Relief Fund to collect donations for our members in need and their families. We started the Disaster Relief Fund after Hurricane Katrina and have since helped members affected by Superstorm Sandy and by tornadoes in Oklahoma and Illinois.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been harmed by this flood, and we will be with them as they fight to recover from this disaster.
Randi Weingarten, AFT President
Larry Carter, Louisiana Federation of Teachers Interim President
P.S. If you have been affected by the flooding, please visit the LFT’s website[click.actionnetwork.org] for information and resources that might be available to you.