Early in the overnight hours of Aug. 27, Category 4 Hurricane Laura struck the city of Lake Charles with sustained wind speeds of 150 mph that caused unspeakable damage to the entire city and region.
It is estimated that $8.7 billion in insured damage was inflicted on the Southwest Louisiana area and parts of neighboring Southeast Texas, and the photos and videos of the record-setting storm’s aftermath are simply heartbreaking and truly unthinkable.
Essential services such as electricity, running water, sewage and sanitation may be weeks away from coming back on-line.
The following items are requested as donations:
Bottled water and sports drinks
Disinfecting wipes and cleaning supplies
Personal toiletries/hygiene products
Trash bags/contractor bags
First aid supplies
McNeese State University in Lake Charles has served as the Southland Conference’s longest standing current member since 1972. The Southland has been headquartered in Frisco since 2006, and has served as host to the annual NCAA FCS Football Championship Game at Toyota Stadium since 2011.
“Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana is a special corner of our world, and we want to do everything possible to assist these wonderful people,” Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett said. “We also have many Louisiana transplants that live in Collin County and across North Texas, and we know they will want to do their part to help.”