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UPDATED August 24, 2016.
Have you heard about the devastating flood in Louisiana? It seems to have taken a while for the news to spread. At least 13 people have died due to the flood. May God remember them. And thousands are still in shelters since the rain came pouring down on August 8 and 14.
Dubbed as one of the largest US disasters, the Red Cross estimates it will take at least $30 million to recover.
Earlier this week, the Very Rev. Fr. George Tsahakis, Chancellor for the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta, sent a letter stating, “Fr. Anthony Monteleone, Proistamenos of Holy Trinity Church in Baton Rouge, LA, expressed tonight his gratitude that no loss of life or injuries have been experienced by his parishioners. However, his church building has suffered heavy water damage…”
What did he mean by heavy water damage? Mike Rood, President of the Parish Council, reported on their GOFUNDME page that four feet of water filled the sanctuary. I imagine at that height, everything from the pews to the altar table was under water. Everything must have been destroyed. And like most properties damaged if not destroyed by the water, the community did not carry flood insurance.
Until the church is repaired, Fr. Anthony and the Parish Council are making plans for Sunday services at another location for Sundays.
If you are interested in helping, you can write a check and Pay to the Order of Metropolis of Atlanta Philoptochos, c/o Dee Nicolaou, 27242 Breakers Drive, Wesley Chapel, Florida 33544. The Metropolis of Atlanta will see that the needs of the parishioners are met as well as the repairs to the parish.
Metropolitan Alexios has asked clergy and parishioners of the Metropolis of Atlanta to continue to offer their prayers for both our Holy Trinity community in Baton Rouge and those whose families suffered deaths and losses to their homes and businesses.
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