CARSON (CBSLA.com) — Several Southland residents with ties to Louisiana gathered in Carson Sunday to help raise money for victims of the flood-ravaged state.
CBS2’s Adrianna Weingold attended the fundraiser.
The chefs at Uncle Darrow’s New Orleans Grill are cooking up a feast — and it’s all for a good cause.
“The flooding is just tremendous down there, it’s taken over all of their properties, their houses, all of their growth, everything is really, really, really bad,” said donor Vinni Ratcliff.
It’s a cause that hits particularly close to home for Norwood Clark, the owner of Uncle Darrow’s. His family lives in New Orleans and have been affected. They lost two people in Hurricane Katrina and now even more hardship — They’ve lost their homes in the flood.
“It’s such a huge catastrophe and we don’t know how you help over 40,000 people become whole again,” Clark says.
At least 13 people have died in the flooding. Thousands are living in temporary shelters. The cost of clean up now soaring to more than $30 million.
“It’s truly devastating to know that just with the twinkling of an eye and a bad storm everything can be wiped out,” says Gwen Newman Jones of the National Congress of Black Women.
The rain came fast and ferociously, dropping more than 31 inches in just 15 hours.
The storm left families like the Clarks, once again fighting to survive. Norwood Clark is ready to help once again. During Katrina his non-profit gathered and delivered 90 tons of supplies, and they’re hoping to do the same for the people in Baton Rouge.
“I’m looking at what’s happening right now in Baton Rouge with families like mine, again, speaking to my aunt, who is homeless, speaking to my cousin who is homeless,” Clark said.
The people behind Sunday’s fundraiser are asking anyone who can donate to the victims of the Louisiana floods to please contact the Salvation Army.