United Cajun Navy loads up supplies to take to Kentucky tornado victims
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The United Cajun Navy is loading up supplies that will go to tornado victims in Madisonville, Ky.
“Madisonville on the map is kind of in between all of the destruction. We have a big church there, and we have about 350 plus volunteers ready to go. And we also have forklifts and trucks ready to distribute to the whole state for supplies,” said Todd Terrell, President of the United Cajun Navy.
Parts of Kentucky were ravaged after several tornadoes hit the state over this past weekend. According to officials in Kentucky, 74 are dead.
The search for survivors is still going on, and efforts to restore the power grid that was damaged as well.
The United Cajun Navy is loading up big rig trucks with anything folks in Kentucky may need, to help them out in the days following the deadly tornadoes.
“There’s cleaning supplies, there’s actually like blankets, there’s skull caps, jackets, gloves, tarps, chainsaws. Oil and gas mix for chainsaws, just anything that you need in the first 48-96 hours of a disaster,” said Terrell.
Terrell says it’s all about helping people who are in need.
“We were all affected in Louisiana by something, a hurricane, a tornado, or a flood. And we have the ability to help people and we also know how to help them. We know what’s needed the first 24 hours, the first 48 hours. It goes from water to tarps to cold weather gear, and we know that,” said Terrell.
Go Clean Car Wash will also be collecting items for those affected by the tornadoes. Here is a list of the locations:
MAIN DROPOFF LOCATION:
- 5151 Corporate Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
DROP OFF AT ANY OTHER GEAUX CLEAN LOCATION:
- 20311 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70817
- 14321 Wax Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70818
- 36571 C Braud Road, Prairieville, LA 70769
- 6205 Siegen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
- 10603 Burbank Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
- 2345 O’Neal Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70816
The devastation is massive across parts of the Bluegrass State according to eyewitnesses helping out with the distribution on the ground.
“It’s the first business day after the storm. I do see a lot of the community trying to press forward with a normality, while the rest of the community is trying to scavenge and salvage what they have left of their homes,” said Nina Phelps, Kentucky Rep for the United Cajun Navy.
Debris is scattered everywhere across the areas that were impacted.
“Structures are gone. There is material possessions still around. But as far as anything goes it’s total devastation,” said Phelps.
Other organizations like Rescue Alliance and Heavens Care are helping bring supplies that the United Cajun Navy crew can transport to Kentucky.
“We have to be able to come together and show that we can make a difference,” said Jonathan Henriques, with Rescue Alliance.
Responding to tornadoes i is much different than responding to floods or even hurricanes. And with the cold weather brings another challenge.
“During a hurricane we don’t need space heaters down here. The heaters with the propane tank, we don’t need that during a hurricane, that’s big time needed here now,” said Terrell.
The organization is also collecting Christmas toys like basketballs for those families who have lost all the gifts that were wrapped under the tree.
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