The flooding continues in Louisiana. To date, there have been 13 deaths, 70,000 calls for help and 20,000 people rescued from their flooded homes. The rain may abate soon but as the floodwaters flow downstream the danger is not over for residents in the south who have, at this stage, been urged to evacuate if possible. According to the Los Angeles Times, in Livingston Parrish, just east of Baton Rouge, as much as 75% of the area’s 50,000+ homes have been damaged and there is water in 1 of every 3 homes in Ascension Parrish in the south-east.
There are 3 fires now raging in California:
- the Blue Cut fire which has, so far, destroyed 25,600 acres, 49 square miles, in Cajon Pass area near 15 Freeway and is only 4% contained, and where 85,000 people have been evacuated
- the Chimney Fire which has burnt 8,000 acres and 45 buildings in San Luis Obispo Country and, as of last night, is only 25% contained
- the Clayton Fire where 175 buildings and 3,900 acres have been destroyed but which is now 50% contained
Many of those fleeing the fires will find that they have no homes to return to once the blazes have been put out.
How does one cope with tragedies like these? It speaks volumes to people’s faith, resilience and adaptability. Our hearts and prayers go out to these communities. And our admiration and gratitude goes out to all the firefighters, police, and others who put aside their own safety in order to protect and help those in perilous situations; this is more than just a job, it is dedication, service and caring. It is important to help in bad times but it would be nice to have this appreciation of and caring for each other carry over into our every day, non-traumatic lives and not just surface in times of tragedy.