Entergy Corp., the state’s largest utility, has donated a total of $525,000 to help victims of the recent flooding that took 13 lives and inundated an estimated 160,000 structures across much of south Louisiana.
Entergy contributed $100,000 to the American Red Cross National Disaster Response Fund; $100,000 to the Baton Rouge Area Food Bank, whose main warehouses flooded; and a $25,000 grant to the United Way of Southeast Louisiana, for case management and referral services to help flood victims connect with community services.
The most recent donation by the New Orleans-based utility, which sells electricity to about half the state, was $300,000 to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s Louisiana Flood Relief Fund.
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The Foundation established the Louisiana Flood Relief Fund earlier this year to help people after the spring flooding in north Louisiana and has raised more than $3.5 million. More than 20 grants have been made to local nonprofits, including the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul, Together Baton Rouge, Alzheimer’s Services, Ascension Parish School System, Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge and Unlocking Autism Baton Rouge, according to an Entergy press release.
The nonprofits provide immediate relief, such as feeding people and cleaning and preparing houses so families can return home. Money also has been spent on supporting children with special needs, and assisting schools to reopen.
“The need is great, and this contribution will fund nonprofits that are filling gaps in relief and recovery,” John G. Davies, CEO and president of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, said about Entergy’s gift in a prepared statement.
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“Before the flood waters had even begun to recede, our employees began asking what they could do to help. We began leveraging community partnerships, identifying opportunities and taking actions that we know power lives in times of greatest need,” Phillip May, president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana, said in a press release.