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As widely reported, Barry made landfall several days ago in Louisiana, west of New Orleans. After briefly becoming Category 1 hurricane, Barry weakened again to a tropical storm, moving slowly and bringing heavy rain and record flooding.

According to International Orthodox Christian Charities, “extensive downpours are the biggest threat this storm poses.  Parts of Louisiana are experiencing flooding, and some mandatory evacuations have taken place.  Mississippi and coastal Alabama are also at risk for extreme rain.”

IOCC is coordinating with partners and Orthodox parishes in affected areas and has Frontliners standing by.  IOCC is watching developments closely and stands ready to respond as called upon.  US Program staff are in touch with local and state authorities to coordinate as needed.  In the meantime, you can help by giving to IOCC’s US Emergency Response Fund.

International Orthodox Christian Charities is the humanitarian and development agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America.  Since its inception in 1992, IOCC has provided more than $661 million in humanitarian relief and sustainable development programs in over 60 countries worldwide.  Today, IOCC applies its expertise in humanitarian response to human-caused and natural crises in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the United States, offering assistance based solely on need.