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New home under construction in Welsh, LA. The new RV project locationNew home under construction in Welsh, LA. The new RV project location

Disaster Date:08/26/2020

Welsh, LA – RV

Hurricanes

What Happened

Hurricane Laura struck Louisiana on August 26, 2020 as a Category 4 hurricane. This hurricane was the tenth-strongest U.S. hurricane landfall by wind speed on record, with peak winds of 150 mph. On October 9, 2020 Hurricane Delta struck Louisiana in the same areas that were significantly affected by Hurricane Laura. Many homeowners had not returned home yet from evacuating from Hurricane Laura, and many homes still had tarps on their roofs from Laura.

Volunteer in Welsh, LA – RV

What MDS Is Doing

MDS was invited by the Southern Mutual Help Association and a few other partner organizations to provide volunteer labor for repairs to existing homes with the possibility of finishing new builds.

Volunteers will be staying at RV sites. All of the sites have electric (30 and 50-amp), water, and sewer hookups available.

Learn more about MDS RV Volunteering

Location

Welsh is located in Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana. The town has a population of approximately 3,000 people and has over 350,000 acres of farmland, with the most significant crops being soybeans, rice and crawfish. Welsh is about 12 miles from Jennings, LA and around 18 miles from Lake Charles, LA which are 2 other locations that MDS has responses.