The Louisiana Network Ministry is breathing a bit easier as so far no reports of additional significant church damages due to Hurricane Delta — which arrived just six weeks after Hurricane Laura — have been reported to the ministry office.
According to Kristie Jones, assistant to Louisiana Network Ministry Superintendent Scott Holmes, the office reached out to churches prior to Hurricane Delta, urging ministers to contact the office if their church experienced damages.
“So far, we haven’t heard from any churches concerning damage, except for some minor flooding,” Jones says. “However, since we haven’t heard from churches, we’re now reaching out to them to check on their condition.”
Initially, more than 700,000 people were without power and 9,000 were in shelters, due to the hurricane. However, more than 8,000 people were still in the shelters following Hurricane Laura, which struck Louisiana on Aug. 27. At least three deaths have been linked to Hurricane Delta.
Convoy of Hope had personnel in play prior to the hurricane making landfall on Friday. The compassion organization has already sent a load of tarps and other relief supplies as many residents, especially in the Lake Charles area — which experienced winds up to 100 mph and heavy rains — still had unrepaired roof damage from Hurricane Laura.
“Lafayette and northeast Louisiana also had a lot of flooding,” Jones says. “The northern wall of the hurricane dumped a lot of rain.” According to the National Weather Service, it has issued flood warnings for several rivers in Louisiana.