There aren’t many ELCA congregations that took a direct hit from Hurricane Katrina—10 in Louisiana and two in Mississippi. But the devastation in terms of property destroyed and lives disrupted, perhaps even lost, defies counting. “New Orleans is basically a city destroyed and the recovery will be long term,” said Bishop Paul Blom, Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod.
Seven Louisiana congregations suffered extensive damage, including flooding: Bethlehem and Grace, New Orleans; Gethsemane, Chalmette; Hosanna, Covington; Christ the King, Kenner; St. Mark, Metairie; and Peace, Slidell. Three others, on the West Bank of the Mississippi River, were spared flooding but not storm damage: Good Shepherd, Marrero; House of Prayer, Harvey; and Love, Algiers.
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