Federations open fund drive for Louisiana flood victims

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In East Baton Rouge, a deputy carries the child of a fellow deputy to safety during heavy flooding on August 12, 2016. (East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, via Facebook)

(JTA) — North America’s Jewish federations are seeking donations to assist the Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge in providing relief to victims of flooding that has devastated southern Louisiana.

Relentless rains and high waters have claimed more than a dozen lives so far; more than 30,000 people have been rescued since last Friday. At least 40,000 homes have been damaged and 20 parishes have been declared federal disaster areas, according to Nola.com.

Staff members from the Baton Rouge federation and many from the local Jewish community were among those forced to flee, according to the Jewish Federations of North America, which established the Baton Rouge Flood Relief Fund.

Baton Rouge’s newly opened Chabad House also launched an emergency fundraising campaign for those affected by the massive floods.