How you can help Louisiana flood victims

The heavy rains and flooding that have ravaged Louisiana in recent days have left thousands homeless, prompting state and local officials to appeal to the public for help.

In addition to places where local residents can donate items, there are several ways people around the nation can help fund relief efforts for flood victims, according to the Times-Picayune.

  • Red Cross: If you want to volunteer, call the Red Cross at (855) 489-2528 or sign up here.
  • Zeta Phi Beta: The Rho Epsilon chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority has started a GoFundMe account to raise money for families and students in the Baton Rouge area who have been affected by flooding. The group hopes to raise $10,000 and donate $500 to each family or student to help in the recovery.
  • Rouses Markets: In partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank, Rouses Markets are accepting cash donations and donations of non-perishable food, cleaning supplies and toiletries. You can make donations at the cash register or online.
  • Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office: The sheriff's office is accepting clean clothing for flood victims beginning Monday morning. All clothing should be bagged or boxed and can be delivered to the Sheriff's Office training building at 819 South Broad Street.