More than 75 homes damaged in Wednesday storms, Red Cross to assist

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Rainstorms last week caused flooding that damaged hundreds of homes across Louisiana. On Wednesday, severe thunderstorms, high winds, tornadoes and more rain made the situation worse for many residents.

Working with parish authorities, American Red Cross volunteers have been assessing damages and bringing help to local residents. Early reports indicate that more than 75 homes were damaged or destroyed from Lake Arthur to Ascension and Livingston parishes.

Red Cross partners are also pitching in. The Salvation Army is assisting with feeding, and the Calcasieu Medical Reserve Corps is bringing health and mental health volunteers to the response.

These partners, and more than 100 Red Cross volunteers, have been serving since early last week when 12 inches of rain fell in many southwest Louisiana communities.

"A great many of our neighbors across Louisiana are suffering today and need our help. If you are one of them, call us. And if you can help, call us." said CEO Bobbi Zaunbrecher, with the Louisiana Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

If you need assistance because of storm-related damages, please call your local Red Cross chapter. If you are in a position to donate, please give via  or call (800) 256-4733.