Local sailor starts donation drive for Louisiana hometown

SAN DIEGO -A San Diego-based Naval engineer is trying her hardest to help her former hometown, now left underwater in Louisiana.

Miranda Weimer has lived in Ocean Beach for eight months, moving from Baton Rouge - where most of her family remains.

Last week’s devastating rainfall and flooding left her father and grandmother reeling with the loss of their homes.

“We just get up put a t-shirt on don’t think twice about it and a lot of people from last weekend now they only have the clothes on their back,” said Weimer.

The 24-year old has been receiving pictures of the devastation, including one of her grandmother boating to safety.

“My father’s trying to keep as much as he can just wood from the cabinets that’s what his father built with his own hands,” said Weimer. “What gets me is their houses and them being empty and thinking hey you know it’s getting the end of the summer the holidays are coming up they’re not even going to have somewhere to put a Christmas tree.”

The sailor and her wife began their supply collection initially to help family, but then decided to help the whole community. Now their efforts include three states, including Texas and Louisiana.

With drop-off boxes placed throughout Ocean Beach, Weimer plans to fill a U-Haul and personally deliver the goods to Baton Rouge during the first week of September.

The group will be continuing to collect donations by the OB pier every day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

They have also started a GoFundMe page to help with travel costs and specific supply needs for flooding victims: https://www.gofundme.com/LRFR2016