Re-Opens After Historic Flood
Between August 8th to 15th, Louisiana was hit by a historic level of rain causing flooding and catastrophic damage. Up to 70 percent of the homes in Livingston Parish, where Narconon Louisiana New Life Retreat is located were damaged by the flood. More rain fell in Watson, Louisiana alone during the three days of the flood then Los Angeles, CA has had in four years.
Ryan Maue, a meteorologist for WeatherBell Analytics, computed that the no-name storm deposited the equivalent of 7.1 trillion gallons of water on Louisiana. “Enough water fell that it could fill Lake Pontchartrain about four times,” he said.
“Enough water fell that it could fill Lake Pontchartrain about four times,”
Hurricane Katrina, by comparison, only left behind about 2.3 trillion gallons of rainwater in the state.
Narconon Louisiana New Life Retreat had water damage in three of its five buildings on the campus. With the help of many, including graduates and their families, as well as the facility’s staff, they were able to reopen mid-September. Donations to the facility and via Paypal and GoFundMe totaled over $25,000 and helped fuel the needed materials and renovations.
Narconon Louisiana had just celebrated their 10th anniversary only weeks before the flooding. Acknowledged in two proclamations, the local Mayor of Baton Rouge proclaimed July 30, 2016 as Creating Drug-Free Lives Day in honor of Narconon Louisiana celebrating its 10th year in the fight against drug and alcohol abuse.
All of the staff at Narconon Louisiana are dedicated to continuing their work to make a difference in helping those who need it.
The picturesque facility sits on a 13-acre oak tree-lined property in a rural community just outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Students at the center can relax on picnic tables under gazebos or enjoy meals by the pool as they rehabilitate their lives. Working with staff on the Narconon program, they are able to create a new life of which they can be proud.