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Wading through the storm

More than 11 employees dedicated their time on August 27 to support flood victims in the East Baton Rouge Parish who lost everything

We do what is right. Especially when it comes to rectifying the destruction caused by a once-in-a-millennium storm in southern Louisiana.

The MWH Baton Rouge office, part of Stantec, was one of the countless victims consumed by mother nature’s fury this past August. During what seemed like a horrible 72-hour nightmare, more than seven trillion gallons of rain fell throughout the state of Louisiana—over three times as much as Hurricane Katrina. Historical water levels, five feet greater than this historical record, washed away entire homes, vehicles, even people. But this is not a dream. The reality is that thousands of people have lost everything. An estimated 110,000 homes and businesses have suffered more than $30 million in damages. Several of our colleagues suffered from home evacuations, damage, and possession loss during the record breaking storms and floods.

But how do these families recover? It won’t be easy, but the Stantec community is here to help.  

More than 11 employees dedicated their time on August 27 to support flood victims in the East Baton Rouge Parish who lost everything. Volunteers from the St. Bernard Project, a non-profit organization established in March 2006 to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, also stepped up to help determine the extent of the damage. They spent the day gutting homes and removing debris in the hope that they can ultimately be restored.

While we are thankful all our employees and their families are safe, we know there is a long road to recovery ahead. Thanks to the generous efforts of our MWH/Stantec volunteer team, these families have a start down the right path. We truly are better together. 

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