Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said in an interview that his radio program aired on Tuesday that there was nearly 10’ of water at the end of his driveway when he and his family used a canoe to evacuate on Aug. 13.
He said the floodwaters swamped several of his family’s cars. Perkins — who is also a pastor — noted buildings on his church’s property have also been flooded.
“This is a flood of, I would have to say, near Biblical proportions,” said Perkins. “This is unlike anything we’ve seen before.”
— FRC (@FRCdc) August 17, 2016
The New York Daily News reported that Perkins previously said Hurricane Joaquin, which devastated portions of the Bahamas last fall, was a “message” from God about the extension of marriage rights to same-sex couples, abortion and other issues. The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated the Family Research Council as a hate group.
LGBT groups contribute to flood relief effort
More than 30” of rain fell over parts of south Louisiana from Aug. 10-13.
A spokesperson for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals told the Advocate, a newspaper in the state’s capital of Baton Rouge, on Thursday that at least 13 people have died in the floods, which have been described as the state’s worst natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina inundated New Orleans and surrounding areas in 2005. Perkins is among the tens of thousands of people who have left their homes in recent days.
Equality Louisiana, a statewide LGBT advocacy group, and PFLAG Baton Rouge are among the many organizations that are contributing to the flood relief effort.
— Equality Louisiana (@equalityla) August 17, 2016
— Equality Louisiana (@equalityla) August 13, 2016