Did you know?
- The 2016 flood in Louisiana was the worst natural disaster to hit the US since Superstorm Sandy.
- The floods were caused by unprecedented levels of rainfall which the National Weather Service called a "1-in-1,000-year event" and destroyed or damaged more than 140,000 homes, business, and schools.
- Many victims are very poor families and most do not have flood insurance.
- Around 265,000 children have been out of school because their schools were damaged.
International Relief Teams is sending volunteer teams to Louisiana throughout 2017 to repair damaged homes for victims who cannot recover on their own.
IRT has more than 28 years of experience in assisting victims of disasters, both nationally and internationally. Disaster recovery is a long-term process, and IRT prides itself on supporting affected communities even after the cameras leave. In the US, IRT worked for four years in some of the hardest hit areas of New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy rebuilding nearly 50 homes. After Hurricane Katrina (2005), IRT deployed teams every other month to the Mississippi coast through March 2012, rebuilding and repairing 219 homes.
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