A severe storm system hit the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area on Friday, August 12, 2016, where ARC has a regional office. This is one in a series of blog posts re: ARC Abatement, our Baton Rouge regional office staff and the flooding.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016, From ARC CEO Ron Daniel: Our thoughts are with the victims of the massive flooding occurring in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area. We also commend the work of first responders who have rescued more than twenty thousand people from dangerous flood waters over the last few days. The community is pulling together to make these rescues happen and save lives. Our own Jon Dayton, general manager of the Baton Rouge office, has worked with Livingston Parish officials to transport rescued victims to waiting helicopters that then carry them to safety and higher ground. Jon helped rescue 60 people from 50 different families Sunday. After a bridge collapsed over the Tickfaw river on Monday, Jon managed to drive over 100 miles around the downed bridge to reach the relative safety of his home.
Meanwhile the danger is not over. We continue to pray for Jon and his wife Amber’s safety. Groceries and access to potable water are a big concern for Jon and other flood victims. As of Tuesday morning, Jon wrote:
“Everyone’s main concern in woodland crossing and down 447 South and immediate area is groceries and fresh water. (Officials) said last night not to use water to shower, brushing teeth or cooking. Everyone on my street is running low on groceries. A few people tried to see if any stores were accessible. Yesterday Carters was open but by the time we made it there was nothing left and they said they were cooking French bread to give out.”
As for ARC’s Baton Rouge office, we regret that the office is currently inaccessible and work has ceased on projects that have been affected by rising water. We hope to have the office open by the end of the week. At that time we will be able to help residents and businesses get back to normal through the use of dehumidifiers, large fans and water pumps.
ARC is an integral part of all the communities where our services are offered. We look forward to continued success with our clients. Please do not hesitate to call on us if we can assist you in any way.