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Ponchatoula Jaycees aid flood victims and first responders.

Our community needed us, and we responded. In August 2016, our state experienced a historic multi-day heavy rain saga that dumped several feet of rain on parts of Louisiana, and triggered destructive flash flooding. Historic river and lake flooding displaced hundreds of community members. Our chapter mobilized and got to work, helping where needed. Members came out in full force to cook large pots of free food and deliver it to both victims and first responders. We handed out bottled water in the pouring rain to stranded drivers on the flooded interstates. After the immediate survival needs were covered, we got to work gutting flood damaged homes. All together, we collected and distributed more than 10 truck loads of clothing, toiletries, canned goods, hot meals to the flood victims and first responders/volunteers. This was a humbling experience for all of us that reminded why it is we do what we do.