As thousands of homes have been impacted by the torrential rainfall this weekend in Louisiana and Mississippi, leading social conservative activist Tony Perkins has shared his own story of how he and his family were forced to evacuate their home with over 10 feet of water sitting in their way.
As the Red Cross is calling the flooding in Louisiana the “worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy,” Perkins, the president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council and a resident of the Bayou State, spoke as a guest on his own Washington Watch radio program Tuesday and explained how much devastation has been caused by the flooding.
Considering that over 40,000 homes have been impacted and over 20,000 people have been evacuated, Perkins, who was on vacation for a couple weeks and was planning to soon return to work in Washington, explained that the disaster of “near biblical proportions” has kept him from returning.
“[I have seen] nothing like this and I have been involved in disaster relief, especially here in Louisiana, working and coordinating relief efforts through several hurricanes,” Perkins stressed. “This is unlike anything we have seen before.”
“In fact, we had to escape from our home Saturday by canoe,” Perkins added. “We had about 10 feet of water at the end of our driveway. Our house flooded, a few of our cars flooded.”
Perkins, who has five children, detailed how his large family scrambled to gather up spare clothes and squeezed into the watercraft and paddle away to safety.
“So there was seven of us in kind of in an oversized canoe … and we are paddling out and finally we got a tow from another little boat coming by that had a motor,” Perkins explained.
As previously reported by The Christian Post, a number of local churches in Louisiana are serving as Red Cross shelters to help the thousands of people displaced from their homes.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post