LAFAYETTE, La. (May 18, 2021) — U-Haul® is making five facilities in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana available to provide 30 days of free self-storage to residents impacted by the storms and severe flooding that have slammed the region over the last few days.
Creek and river flooding have left parts of Jasper and Beaumont underwater in Texas, with about a foot of rain forcing road and school closures. Hundreds of people have needed rescuing in the Louisiana cities of Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, which has endured its third weather-related disaster in less than a year.
“Heavy rains have led to severe flooding in these communities, and countless families have seen their houses take on water and their possessions lost or damaged,” stated Jerry Bowden, U-Haul Company of South Central Louisiana president.
“There will be a clean-up and recovery process in the coming days and weeks. We want our neighbors to know that help is available. Anyone impacted by these storms can make use of a storage room at no cost for one month while there is availability.”
People seeking more information about the U-Haul disaster relief program or needing to arrange 30 days of free self-storage should contact the participating store nearest them:
8415 Greenwell Springs Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70814
700 Kaliste Saloom Road
Lafayette, LA 70508
1246 Entrance Road
Leesville, LA 71446
3885 Milam St.
Beaumont, TX 77701
8161 Eastex Frwy.
Beaumont, TX 77708
In addition to its 30 days free self-storage disaster relief program, U-Haul is proud to be at the forefront of aiding communities in times of need as an official American Red Cross Disaster Responder.
As an essential service provider, U-Haul continues to serve communities during the COVID-19 recovery while offering contactless business programs and enhanced cleaning protocols, including added steps for sanitizing equipment between customer transactions. U-Haul products are used daily by First Responders; delivery companies bringing needed supplies to people’s homes; small businesses trying to remain afloat; college students; and many other dependent groups, in addition to the do-it-yourself household mover.
Since 1945, U-Haul has been the No. 1 choice of do-it-yourself movers, with a network of 22,000 locations across all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 offers secure access to U-Haul trucks every hour of every day through the customer dispatch option on their smartphones and our proprietary Live Verify technology. Our customers' patronage has enabled the U-Haul fleet to grow to approximately 176,000 trucks, 127,000 trailers and 41,000 towing devices. U-Haul offers nearly 774,000 rentable storage units and 66.7 million square feet of self-storage space at owned and managed facilities throughout North America. U-Haul is the largest installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket industry, and is the largest retailer of propane in the U.S.