By Kerri Anne Renzulli
August 19, 2016

Heavy flooding in Louisiana has left 13 people dead and damaged an estimated 40,000 houses, leading the Red Cross to call it the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Some 86,500 people have already filed for federal aid, and on Friday Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton made her own plea on Facebook for additional support.

“Right now, the relief effort can’t afford any distractions. The very best way this team can help is to make sure Louisianans have the resources they need,” Clinton wrote in a Facebook post after speaking with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.

She called on her supporters to “show the same support to the victims in Louisiana, so that we can begin to rebuild together.”

No matter your political leanings, Clinton has touched upon a real need. Gov. Edwards, a Democrat, has been asking for the nation’s support, even telling Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that he would like his visit to Louisiana not to be a photo-op but a chance to help, saying: “We hope he’ll consider volunteering or making a sizable donation to the LA Flood Relief Fund to help the victims of this storm,” according to Fox News.

Trump visited Louisiana Friday, where he consoled homeowners and toured devastated communities, telling one homeowner he is “going to rebuild.”

The Red Cross estimates recovery efforts will total at least $30 million. If you would like to help flood victims shoulder some of those costs, here are the best organizations to send donations.

American Red Cross

The Red Cross is providing medical assistance and supplies to victims, as well as meals and dozens of shelters for displaced residents.

You can give by visiting the organization’s website or by texting the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The United Way of Southeast Louisiana

Donations for flood relief can be made through the organization’s website, and they’ve set up two regional outposts where donations are being accepted.

Convoy of Hope

This organization is providing food, water, equipment and relief supplies to victims. Donate through the website and specify that you want your donation to go to Louisiana August 2016 flood relief efforts.

Baton Rouge Area Foundation

This local organization accepts donations through its website and then directs those gifts to community non-profits who need it.

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