"This disaster is the worst to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy, and we anticipate it will cost at least $30 million -- a number which may grow as we learn more about the scope and magnitude of the devastation."
Those are the words of Brad Kieserman, the vice president of disaster services operations and logistics at the Red Cross. Kieserman was addressing the devastating flooding in Louisiana, which saw 6,900,000,000,000 (6.9 trillion) gallons of water fall between August 8 and August 14. A natural disaster of this magnitude hasn't been seen since the aforementioned Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast in 2012.
With tens of thousands of homes estimated to have been damaged during the flooding, and with the cost of the wreckage rising daily, people of Louisiana need help. For those outside of the immediate area, here are a few (of the many) organizations that are accepting donations to help relief efforts.
The American Red Cross provides those displaced from their homes with safe and dry shelters and food and water. Donate here (scroll to the bottom) or make a $10 donation by texting the word LAFLOODS to 90999.
Take a look at the Second Harvest Food Bank, who are "distributing thousands of pounds of food, water and supplies to flood victims across South Louisiana." That's according to their donation website.
To assist the Gulf Coast Floods Children's Relief Fund, which "protect(s) vulnerable children and provide desperately needed relief to families," you can donate here.
Additionally, the Rho Epsilon chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. at LSU is raising money so they can donate $500 "in the form of twenty Visa gift cards. One card for each family/student" impacted by the flooding. Contribute to their goal here.