The fact that so many people in Louisiana have been forced out of their own homes this week isn’t just heartbreaking, it hits very close to home.
Thousands of CHRISTUS Associates live near the waterlogged parts of southern Louisiana devastated by flooding. Many of them have family members and friends affected by floods. These are the compassionate caregivers who work at CHRISTUS hospitals, clinics and other outreach centers throughout Louisiana.
“The damage is a lot more widespread than Baton Rouge,” said Heather Hidalgo, the Director of Marketing for CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital in Lake Charles, Louisiana. “There are small towns all across South Louisiana that have been affected. We have family in Crowley and the water is still rising there. There are also small towns still being evacuated because rivers are cresting days after the main weather event.”
Several thousand homes and businesses in southern Louisiana were without power, reports CBS Baton Rouge affiliateWAFB-TV. Outages fluctuated as changing levels of floodwaters affected different areas. Eleven people have died in flood waters.
“I’ve lived in Louisiana all my life, for 36 years, and I’ve never seen it at this magnitude before,” said Sgt. Jared L. Sandifer of the Louisiana State Police speaking to The Weather Channel.
Help is coming and it is coming beyond just the federal government. CHRISTUS Associates are bringing items in to help organizations like the United Way.
In CHRISTUS Health Central Louisiana, leaders determined no CHRISTUS Associates have been directly impacted, but are coordinating making a donation to the Red Cross to aid in the effort to provide relief and comfort to the victims of the historic flood.
Additionally, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of Houston and San Antonio as well as the Sisters of The Holy Family of Nazareth are fervently praying around the clock for those affected by this tragedy.
“Our leadership team couldn’t be more proud of the outpouring desire to help by our Associates,” said Nancy Hellyer, RN, FACHE, CEO and president of CHRISTUS Health Central Louisiana. ” It speaks volumes to your compassion, character and sincere desire to extend the healing hand of Jesus Christ. We will continue to keep you abreast of the situation as it develops and as avenues to serve become available.”