Grief for people affected by the floods in Louisiana stretches to the High Plains. The damage hits close to home a for couple newer to Amarillo that now works in ministry at Victory Church.
Courtney Ward used the word “heartbreaking” to describe what it’s like living away from her family and friends at this time.
“With everything that’s going on back home regarding the flooding, things like that, it hits very close to home,” Ward said.
She said when she logs on to Facebook, she sees about 80 to 90 percent of her friends and family who’ve lost everything.
Ward told us her immediate family is safe, but like many others, her father-in-law’s business was flooded.
“People will be out of work for a while,” she said.
According to Ward, the initial cry for help struggled to gain attention.
“People make assumptions that Louisiana is used to hurricanes, and Katrina happened so they must be used to flooding,” she said. “But what people don’t realize is these areas that have flooded — which is the area that we lived in before we moved here — have never flooded. They’re calling it a thousand year flood.”
Ward said the storm came out of nowhere, happening so fast that it allowed no time for preparation.
Officials have since been deployed on missions to rescue people from their homes, and they’re getting a little help from what’s often referred to as “the Cajun Navy.”
“The Cajun Navy were men sacrificing their own lives to use their fishing boats to go and rescue people,” Ward said.
And according to her, it’s because of those people that a majority of the local who were trapped have been rescued.