Online portal launched to coordinate private donations and volunteer efforts

Portal

LOUISIANA (WGNO) – The lieutenant governor’s office has created an online portal to coordinate private donations and volunteer efforts in response to devastating floods.

Once you get to the website’s homepage, there are links you can click to find out how to volunteer and how to donate money or goods.

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser’s office said it has reached out to each affected parish to determine individual needs.

Any group or organization that plans on donating, cooking or serving food can email donate@crt.la.gov to be connected to the parish with the most need.

Any person or group that wants to volunteer can register on the website.

Click here to visit the portal.

“Our culture is deeper than these floodwaters, and I have never been prouder to be a Louisianian than when neighbor was helping neighbor these past few days,” Nungesser said in a prepared statement. “Just as we have done in previous disasters, the people of Louisiana will stand strong and rebuild. We stand united today in our call to all citizens of Louisiana and America to continue to provide support and aid our brothers and sisters in need.”

About 40,000 homes were damaged in the historic flood. About 20,000 people had to be rescued, along with 1,000 pets.

Twenty Louisiana parishes have been declared federal disaster areas. Gov. John Bel Edwards said that number could rise in coming days.

Backwater flooding threatens to push water into even more homes in coming days.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development shared images of their tour of the Baton Rouge area on Sunday afternoon.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development shared images of their tour of the Baton Rouge area on Sunday afternoon.