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Locals asked to help Louisiana flood victims

A nurse practitioner of Barnesville Urgent Care and Family Practice on Greenwood Street is collecting items to take to Ascension Parish in Louisiana to help families devastated by flooding there. Jessie Lindsey will be leaving Barnesville at 4 p.m. Friday to travel with her husband back to where her parents live in St. Amant. ’Of the areas hit, Ascension Parish has reported 105,000 people with damaged homes of out the 135,000 people who live there,’ said Jessie Lindsey. ‘It was just an astronomical amount of rain. And it’s still raining there.’ Items needed include cleaning items such as bleach, paper towels, Pine Sol, trash bags, buckets, brooms, mops, Clorox wipes, gloves, masks, wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, vinegar, plastic storage containers and sponges and personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, deodorant, tampons, sanitary pads, shampoo, soap, hand sanitizer, bottled water, toilet paper, towels, wash clothes, diapers, baby wipes and baby formula. Other items needed include insect repellent and canned goods. At least 11 people have died in the floods and the rising waters have impacted hundreds of thousands of citizens. More than 30,000 were rescued, along with 1,000 pets that were rescued

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