Flooding in Louisiana
August 16, 2016
Historic levels of flooding in Louisiana have left many people without their homes and thousands of homes and businesses underwater. A major disaster has been declared by the federal government as 20,000 people have been evacuated from flood-affected area. While those of us living in Tuscaloosa County are not affected directly by the flooding, we know the impact that a disaster can have on a community. We also know how much it means when people from outside of a community offer their assistance in a time of need.
How to Help
Monetary donations can be made through the American Red Cross by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. You can also text LAFLOODS to 90999 to donate $10. In addition, the local West Alabama Red Cross office, located at 1622 Lurleen B Wallace Blvd, Northport, is accepting donations in office or by phone (205-758-3608). The West Alabama Red Cross will also have donation jars in the McAlisters on 15th Street in Tuscaloosa. All donated money is specified for the Louisiana flooding relief effort.
The United Way of Southeast Louisiana is also accepting monetary donations. You can make a donation by going to their website or or by mailing a check to: United Way of Southeast Louisiana, ATTN: Flood Relief, 2515 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119.
If you would prefer to donate items, please see the list below for what is most needed in the flooded areas.
Feminine hygiene products
Non-perishable food that does not need to be chilled (snacks more than meals ... meals are being donated locally)
Diapers (child and adult)
The Alabama Fire College is partnering with Bama 4 BR Flood Relief and is collecting non-perishable food in individual packets (think chips, cheese crackers, granola, canned goods, etc); water and Gatorade; baby and toddler supplies such as diapers, wipes, baby food, and bottles; paper supplies such as toilet paper, paper towels, and paper plates; bedding, pillows, and sleeping bags; cleaning supplies; toiletries; school supplies; and pet supplies. You can drop any of these items off at the Fire College, located at 2501 Phoenix Drive (right behind Shelton State Community College).
Chick-Fil-A in Northport is also accepting donated items during normal business hours. The location of the restaurant is 1620 McFarland Boulevard, Northport. North River Christian Academy, located at 1785 McFarland Blvd, Tuscaloosa, 35406, is collecting toiletry items. You can also drop off donations at the Belk Activity Center at Bowers Park, located at 2101 Bowers Park Dr, Tuscaloosa, 35405 (ask for Jamie Dyes); Tuscaloosa Academy, located at 1620 McFarland Blvd, Northport (drop off inside, no trucks); and West Alabama Wholesale, located at 3010 Skyland Blvd, Tuscaloosa.