By Lonnie Wilkey
MOUNT JULIET —In the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, Tennessee Baptists are on alert and ready to go out as needed, affirmed Wes Jones, disaster relief specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.
Louisiana took the brunt of the Category 4 hurricane, which is considered by some to be one of the strongest hurricanes to hit the United States. The hurricane struck near Lake Charles near the Texas-Louisiana border.
During a conference call of state disaster relief directors on Aug. 28, a Texas Baptist DR official reported Texas DR can handle the damage in their state and be ready to assist in Louisiana within two weeks.
Flooding was not as bad as predicted because the storm surge did not reach its anticipated height, but the hurricane’s high winds caused extensive tree damage and caused power outages throughout the region. [Read more…]