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Former Acadiana meteorologist back in town to help

Posted at 7:42 PM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 21:05:04-04

MOSS BLUFF — The devastation left behind by Hurricane Laura is drawing in volunteers from all over the country. Some have never visited, and others once called Louisiana home.

Volunteers with Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief are stationed in the Moss Bluff area to help people clean up their homes and provide warm meals.

"Today, we opened up the line, serving lunch for about 2,500 people," said Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief Director Don Williams.

The group serves breakfast, lunch and dinner each day while supplies last. People can line up in their cars in front of First Baptist Church at 276 Old Highway 171.

You may recognize one of the volunteers. It's former longtime meteorologist Dick Faurot.

Faurot has traded in the chroma key wall for a chainsaw.

Speaking of his volunteer work, Faurot says he's been all over the country, assisting with disaster relief.

He has lived in Tulsa for the past 27 years, but Louisiana still holds a special place in his heart.

"We respond to a disaster wherever it is," said Faurot. "Having lived in this area for 18 years, it just makes it... It kind of hits a little closer to home."

Faurot says the work is emotionally uplifting and that the people they're helping aren't the only ones who benefit.

"There's lots of volunteer opportunities for people to help others," explained Faurot. "And, if you can't do the physical work, not everybody can, there are other ways of helping. You can donate, for example."

A spokesman for the group says they will be in Louisiana until October 3.