Relief Efforts for Louisiana Flooding
Here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast we know all too well the need for help after natural devastation. That’s why so many South Mississippi organizations are willing to lend a hand. News 25’s Kristen Durand shows us how Biloxi, D’Iberville and Harrison County are pitching in.
After spending long days and hours helping others after Katrina, Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney returned to his own home. The damaged roof was fixed, a window air conditioning unit was running and a generator had been set up, all thanks to a group of volunteer out of town firefighters. “It is little things like that that made such a big difference to me.”
Now Chief Boney is paying it forward, leading a charge to help flooded residents in Louisiana through the Biloxi Fire Museum and teaming up with the same group that helped him during Katrina. “I’ve been in touch with some people around Independence, Louisiana and that’s probably where we’re looking to go help, the smaller communities that were affected that are kind of off the beaten path, but still have the same issues.”
Next week, they’ll be in Independence cleaning and stripping homes, preparing for rebuild, something that can get costly with the price of equipment needed to buy or rent. That’s why they’ve set up a GoFundMe page for anyone wishing to help out. “So anyone that wishes to donate money, I can assure you this money will go directly to the trip to lease equipment or rent equipment, any equipment that we would need as well as to feed the people, the volunteers that are going,” said Chief Boney.
A separate effort by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, City of D’Iberville and the Biloxi police and fire departments aims at making a trip to bring relief to the volunteers providing the relief. Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said, “The sheriff had indicated that he thought it was a good idea if we went over and maybe cooked some food for them one day because we’ve been through that. We know how difficult that is to deal with when you’re trying to work and get things done.”