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BATON ROUGE FLOOD DISASTER RESPONSE Oct. 31-Nov. 5

BATON ROUGE FLOOD DISASTER RESPONSE    Oct. 31-Nov. 5

 

 

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Our ABMen National Disaster Relief Coordinator issued a call to all ABM teams to respond to Baton Rouge during the weeks of Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and Nov. 13.  It is estimated that around 60,000 homes and businesses had 2-4 feet of water in their structures.  During this first week, a team of 5 men, 2 from West Virginia and 3 from Illinois responded to the call.

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Members of this team were Jack Cobb (National ABM Disaster Relief Coordinator) and Lucky Ray from West Virginia (green shirts), and Terry Maurizio, George Labadie and Richard Ruyle from our GRR Disaster Relief ministry.  Also pictured are Pauline Hurst and Rev Dennis Hebert the Pastor of True Light Baptist Church, from True Light Baptist Church where we were housed and fed.

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We slept on comfortable cots and showered in a 4 unit trailer just outside our door.  

 

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These three ladies served us delicious breakfast and lunch each day.  The members of True Light were very gracious hosts.

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Our initial view of Baton Rouge was debris still piled on the curb and temporary housing.  It had been 3 months since the flood and insulation and sheet rock were still being removed from homes.  The rebuilding was just beginning.

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The work consisted mostly of installing insulation and sheet rock.  We completed one home and partially completed a second home during our 4 days.

 

We will have another team from West Virginia and Illinois going the week of Nov. 13.  Brian Romanowski will lead the Illinois team.  Prayerfully consider going with Brian’s team.  His contact information is 309.826.8116 or email him at bs.romanowski@gmail.com.  Also, Jack is considering issuing another call in January, so you might want to plan to respond then.  I will keep you informed.  You will be blessed.

 

In His Service,

Terry Maurizio

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