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Wharton County Law Enforcement Unite to Assist Hurricane Victims

The Wharton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), along with the El Campo Police Department (ECPD) and the Wharton Police Department (WPD) have joined together to collect supplies to aid our neighbors in Louisiana. 

Ida struck Louisiana on Sunday, the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, as a Category 4 hurricane.

Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon just before noon local time, before it again made landfall two hours later in Lafourche Parish. 

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More than 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi — including all of New Orleans — were left without power as Ida, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to hit the U.S. mainland, pushed through. 

Local, state and federal rescuers joined to save at least 671 people by Monday afternoon. 

The Louisiana governor’s office said over 2,200 evacuees were staying in 41 shelters, a number expected to rise as people were rescued or escaped flooded homes.

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The 150 mph winds wrecked havoc for millions. 

Final damages and fatalities are yet to be reported as search and rescue efforts continue. 

Wharton County residents and officials are no stranger to a community in desperate need following a hurricane. 

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Still in recent memories of most, Hurricane Harvey ravaged the county, bringing catastrophic flood waters which displaced hundreds. 

Now, nearly four years later, local law enforcement is asking those willing and able to aid our cajun friends in need.

Each department will serve as a drop-off point for donations. Collection will continue through Friday, September 3. 

Items needed are listed below.

Food/Drink:

  • Packs of water bottles
  • Gallon jugs of water
  • Pedialyte
  • Gatorade/Powerade
  • Snack foods
  • Canned/box foods
  • (Anything non-perishable)

Toiletries:

  • Deodorant
  • Body Cleansing wipes
  • Toothpaste/brushes
  • Body soap
  • Detergents
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Paper plates/bowls
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Plastic spoons/knives/forks
  • Feminine products 

Babies/Infants:

  • Diapers of all sizes
  • Bottles, Sippy cups
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby soap
  • Formula
  • Juice
  • Children’s medications

Elderly:

  • Depends/adult diapers
  • Cleansing wipes

Miscellaneous:

  • First aid supplies
  • Bandages
  • Tylenol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Flash lights
  • Batteries
  • Lighters
  • Mosquito spray
  • Garbage bags
  • Gas cans
  • Generators
  • Household cleaning supplies

The WCSO will assist in coordinating the delivery of all collected items next week.

For more information or to check drop off times, visit the agencies on Facebook.

Jessica Hartmanhttps://www.thecountygin.com
Jessica Hartman is the publisher of The County Gin and a realistic dreamer with creative expression. She can be reached at jessica@thecountygin.com or (979) 533-0122, but careful — she's a talker.

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