WWNO News Reports
7:25 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

Mayor Landrieu Unveils Pay-It-Forward Fund For Flood Victims

New Orleans, La. – Mayor Landrieu says New Orleans is ready to help neighboring communities affected by flooding once the water recedes.

"We don't know what kind of help that they're going to be able to get from the federal government in terms of insurance, etc. We know there's going to be a need. Now we're all praying that the need's going to be smaller rather than larger, but we want the people of, the folks that are living in the Atchafalaya basin to know that they will not be forgotten and not be left by themselves, that people of New Orleans are going to step up to the plate and help them."

The Pay It Forward fund includes city departments getting emergency equipment ready, Second Harvest, the Red Cross, and other groups coordinated with the Greater New Orleans Foundation. The public can contribute through the G-N-O website. Water in the Atchafalaya basin is expected to crest Monday at Morgan City.
For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming.