Under the direction of Commander Larry Sinclair, five officers and a spouse from the Rockport Police Department (RPD), delivered relief supplies to the Iowa (pronounced I-O-Way), LA police department. Located outside Lake Charles, Iowa received significant damage from Hurricane Laura, which impacted 85% of its buildings and residences, according to local sources.
Working with the Texas Department of Emergency Management and its colleagues in Louisiana, the RPD identified several smaller communities that might have been overlooked in the rush to deliver supplies to Lake Charles. Iowa was chosen because of a professional relationship officer Stefani Garcia had with a member of the Iowa police department.
Tens of thousands of dollars worth of materials, ranging from generators and power tools, to cleaning supplies, were donated by local residents and businesses. This included $12,000 worth of equipment from Salemi’s Ace Hardware in Rockport and the underwriting of the truck rental by an anonymous resident. The caravan left early Tuesday, Sept. 8, and returned the same day.
“We are so appreciative of the Rockport community that stepped up to help others in need,” Sinclair said. “We know what it’s like in the early relief days, and what the first responders needed to fulfill their responsibilities and help their community.”