By Mickey Noah, NAMB Communications
LAPLACE – Just in the span of a few days, Celebration Church-River Parishes Campus in LaPlace, changed from being a dark, damaged, isolated church in the middle of a flood-created lake to a shining city on a hill – the site of ministry to hundreds of local victims of Hurricane Isaac.
LaPlace – about 22 miles west of New Orleans, along I-10 in St. John Parish – was hit hard by Isaac and its resulting water damage. Isaac’s four- to six-foot storm surge inundated much of LaPlace, a city of about 36,000.
Ironically, LaPlace was not directly impacted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but many of its current residents migrated there from New Orleans to start new lives after losing everything they owned during Katrina.