Local chainsaw crews travel to Louisiana to help clean up hurricane damage

Posted at 8:28 AM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 08:28:21-04

DEVILLE, La. (LEX 18) — Several chainsaw crews from Kentucky left for Louisiana Monday morning to help clean up damage caused by Hurricane Laura.

Chris Cropp and other volunteers with Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief had a day-long drive ahead of them from Taylorsville to Deville, Louisiana. Cropp's team wasn't the only one heading out.

“We've got one group that will be leaving from Mayfield. We've got a group leaving from Bowling Green. We've got another group leaving from Owensboro. One from Ashland and we've already got one team on the road from Stanford,” Cropp said.

Cropp is a team leader for the North American Mission Board of Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief. Once they arrive, he says he will meet with the on-site incident commander to see where their work is needed.

“Our first objective will be try to remove any trees and debris off of power lines, so they can start restoring power to those areas,” Cropp said.

Cropp says then they'll work on getting trees and debris off homes and driveways. Along with the physical labor, the crews hope to bring healing to the affected communities.

“It's a tremendous blessing that we're able to go and to do this,” Cropp said.

Cropp says the crews expect to be in Louisiana until Sept. 7 but will stay and help as long as they're needed.