CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - Following reports of five fatalities and more than 20,000 rescues, crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team arrived in Louisiana Monday to minister to those who have been displaced by the unprecedented flooding.
On Sunday evening, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ request for a state of emergency declaration had been granted by the federal government.
Organizers with Billy Graham Rapid Response Team said this marks the fourth deployment to Louisiana this year.
Teams spent time in Bossier City and West Monroe in the spring after historic flooding affected those areas. In July, chaplains offered emotional and spiritual care in Baton Rouge for the public as well as local law enforcement in the days that followed civil unrest in the wake of the killing of Alton Sterling and subsequently of three police officers.
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team said they're deploying to Louisiana in coordination with Samaritan’s Purse, the Christian disaster relief organization also headed by Franklin Graham. Together the two ministries will address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those who have been affected.
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