H  urricane Katrina Hurricane Katrina had a devastating impact on the Zion Baptist Church. had a profound effect on St. Charles Parish and the entire region. Life changed dramatically after the storm and did not return to “normal” for quite some time. Many citizens evacuated and did not return for weeks or in some cases months. The event was front page news locally and across the nation. Local author Patrick Yoes published his personal Hurricane Katrina experiences in a book entitled Chest Deep and Rising.

Volunteers package meals for families affected.

The Louisiana National Guard was stationed in St. Charles Parish to assist with aftermath.

Emergency response workers prepare for evacuees.

Trees were toppled and power outages lasted for weeks.

(Courtesy of the Herald Guide)



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(Source: New Orleans District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Report on Hurricane Betsy, September 8–11, 1965)

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