Seven years to the day that Hurricane Katrina and levee failures unleashed a deluge of devastation on the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Isaac brought its own distinctive mode of destruction drenching the coast not with a quick blow but with an unremitting smothering.
Hurricane Isaac made its first landfall as a Category 1 hurricane on the evening of Tuesday, 08/28/2012, with tropical storm force winds reaching well into Mississippi and Alabama. The storm moved slowly up the mouth of the Mississippi and back over the Gulf of Mexico, prior to making its second landfall in Plaquemines Parish, LA. The initial winds produced in excess of ten (10) feet of storm surge near Bay St. Louis and Waveland, MS, and between two (2) to nine (9) feet in coastal and other prone areas. Isaac also generated at least six (6) short-tracked tornadoes across the southern half of Mississippi. The storm moved slowly through Louisiana, and before being downgraded to a remnant low on Friday, 8/31/2012, had deposited nearly twenty (20) inches of precipitation on portions of Mississippi over the course of a few days.
While the damage was not “Katrina” like there were large areas of flooding. Twenty-two counties in Mississippi have received a FEMA individual assistance declaration which will provide funding for impacted homeowners. There were 2,791 homes that received major and minor damage and 31 homes and trailers were totally destroyed in Mississippi.
HURRICANE ISAAC UPDATE
Camp Victor is coordinating volunteers in Mississippi in response to Hurricane Isaac on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Camp Victor Ministries (CVM) has reopened its volunteer housing and hospitality site. The minimum age for volunteers is 14.
There is a charge of $20/person/night to stay at CVM. Food for assembling breakfasts and lunches is provided, but volunteers will be on their own for dinner.
Needs are for skilled and unskilled volunteers for rehabbing, roof repair, framing, sheetrock and finishing, rough in and finish carpentry, flooring, installation of windows and general maintenance and repair.
Anyone interested in more information can contact Suzie Harvey (Director) at 228-369-0275 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check the availability calendar to see what dates are available.