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Post-Isidore meals reach 38,000, while workers watch Lili’s path

NEW ORLEANS (BP)–Four Southern Baptist disaster relief units served nearly 38,000 meals through the weekend following Tropical Storm Isidore’s landfall Thursday, Sept. 26, in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Officials were beginning to keep an eye on Hurricane Lili Sept. 30, which was heading toward landfall in Louisiana, Texas and/or Mississippi on Thursday or Friday, Oct. 3-4. On Oct. 1, Lili was dumping heaving rains on western Cuba, with winds at 74 mph.

Lili, as a tropical storm, caused seven deaths in Jamaica and St. Vincent during the weekend from sustained winds and flooding.

As part of the relief efforts following Tropical Storm Isidore, Louisiana Baptist disaster relief units were stationed at First Baptist Church, Slidell; Williams Boulevard Baptist Church in Kenner; and in Houma, reported Buddy Day, disaster relief director for the Louisiana Baptist Convention.

In Mississippi, a state feeding unit was stationed at First Baptist Church in Biloxi, while a mud-out team had joined the relief effort, reported Donna Swarts, a coordinator for the Mississippi Baptist Convention. At Gulfshore Baptist Assembly in Pass Christian, Miss., Isidore caused two feet of flooding.

In Georgia in response to an earlier tropical storm, Hanna, a mud-out team has been deployed in south Georgia. Jim Richardson, disaster relief director for the Georgia Baptist Convention reported 96 mud-out assignments had been completed, while 108 chaplain contacts had been recorded.

Updates on Southern Baptist disaster relief efforts can be accessed at www.namb.net/dr/, a website of the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board which coordinates multi-state Baptist relief efforts.
(BP) photo posted in the BP Photo Library at http://www.bpnews.net. Photo title: SWEEPING AWAY ISIDORE.

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