More than 30,000 people had to be rescued and over 60,000 homes were damaged after historic flooding swamped southern Louisiana. The storm dumped three times as much rain on the state as Hurricane Katrina – the equivalent of 7.1 trillion gallons of water.
Henry Tamzin, a widower in his 80s, went through a traumatic water rescue, clinging to a mattress until rescuers arrived. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers worked alongside Lowe’s partners from the First Response Team of America to help Tamzin’s family start the cleanup process.
“I received a call saying someone wanted to help. It was like a prayer being answered, I couldn’t believe it,” Tina McDonald, Tamzin’s daughter, said. “They were just remarkable. I just started to cry of happiness.”
McDonald was at her father’s home as more than 40 Lowe’s volunteers from as far as three hours away began cleaning up. Two weeks later, McDonald found a keepsake box that Lowe’s Heroes had placed under a bench in the carport for safe keeping. Inside the mud-covered box, she found her father’s graduation and wedding rings, a pair of memorable cuff links and his graduation photo. These “little miracles” made her father very happy, McDonald said.