Milwaukee's presence felt in Louisiana flood cleanup efforts

Posted at 10:57 PM, Sep 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-09 00:33:38-04

MILWAUKEE- Red Cross workers from Milwaukee were some of the first on the ground assisting families affected by flooding in Louisiana, the third largest natural disaster in U.S. history.

"I mean it kind of hits all your emotions, mostly negative, sad, unimaginable.  Picture that a bomb went off at one point cause there's just stuff everywhere," explained Mike Jordan, Milwaukee Red Cross. 

Mike spent about two weeks helping families in Baton Rouge and the surrounding area, a time he calls life changing. 

"Try to visualize standing in your living room and in the course of two hours having four feet of water rise up," said Jordan. 

The amount of rain they saw during the first week would fill up more than 10 million Olympic swimming pools. 

"Water was huge... and then cleanup kits were also very important so we give bleach, brooms, mops," said Amber Finley, Milwaukee Red Cross.

Flooding has subsided, but there's a long road ahead.

"While they're so thankful for our support in the immediate following a disaster they need our support all the way through," explained Finley.

More than 60 people from Wisconsin have gone south to help and more are on the way. 

"Milwaukee all of a sudden looks pretty good.  The snow in the winter, which I use to complain about I may not anymore because you shovel it away and move on," said Jordan.

The Red Cross has spent at least $30 million helping the flood victims.  To donate money or volunteer your time visit the Red Cross online.