Architects respond to Baton Rouge flooding

Baton Rouge flooding

A rescue worker marks flood-damaged pews outside the Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The AIA, its members, and its employees want to express our deepest concern for all of those affected by the flooding that devastated Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the surrounding area on August 12-14. With more than 60,000 homes damaged and waterlines as high as 10 feet, this is a tragedy that requires our support as architects.

Soon after the devastation, the volunteer leaders and staff that make up the AIA's Disaster Assistance Program began coordinating with local and state chapters in Louisiana, along with area members and the Disaster Assistance Committee. Leaders at AIA Baton Rouge, in particular, have been in touch with local officials and are actively seeking ways to assist those who've suffered as a result of these floods. Updates from the front lines can be found via the AIA Baton Rouge Facebook page, and local members from the area are strongly encouraged to connect with their chapter via Facebook.

This disaster represents an opportunity for architects to lead in the rebuilding process, but bear in mind that Louisiana's Good Samaritan law requires any assistance from volunteers to be first requested by local authorities. Coordinate with your local AIA chapter before proceeding to the Baton Rouge area or considering any direct intervention.

If you have additional questions, please contact resilience@aia.org. To donate to rescue efforts, visit AIA Baton Rouge's special donation page, or visit the Red Cross website. Thank you for your help; together, we will rebuild Baton Rouge and help it reach new heights in the wake of this disaster.

Image credits

Baton Rouge flooding

Brendan Smialowski

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