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Church humanitarian response teams are working with local priesthood leaders and disaster relief organizations to assist people impacted by severe flooding in southern Louisiana and wildfires in southern California.

Cash and in-kind contributions — including food and cleaning supplies — will help ease the suffering of many whose lives were devastated by several days of historic rainfall in Louisiana, said Church humanitarian response director Bruce Muir on Aug. 17.

“We’ve got [relief supply] trucks on the road,” he said.

Flooding triggered by the heavy rains is being blamed for 11 deaths. Meanwhile, about 30,000 people have been rescued and about 40,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed.

No members or missionaries were harmed — although 160 member-owned homes have suffered some degree of damage, said Brother Muir.

Almost eight feet of water has inundated the Denham Springs Louisiana Stake meetinghouse. Floodwaters have also damaged the Baton Rouge Louisiana Stake meetinghouse.

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