The historic floods in Louisiana have killed eight people and damaged 40,000 homes, the state’s governor, John Bel Edwards, said Tuesday.
In just one day over the weekend, more than 31 inches of rain fell in some parts of Louisiana. The ground became saturated, and some rivers rose six feet higher than ever recorded. Rescuers evacuated more than 30,000 people, and about one-third of those have been forced to stay in emergency shelters. On Tuesday, the governor also added eight parishes to the list of federal disaster areas, raising the total to 12. The federal government really need’s to step in the time and rebuild all of La so this horrible thing doesn’t happen again just going in and doing patch work doesn’t do these people and justice here we have Katrina all over again people having to relocate from city to city losing everything that they have worked so hard for. But mind you as long it’s a tourist attraction and they are making money it’s all well and good but so as there any sign of destruction it takes so long for these folk to get the him they so deserve, this is home for these folk this is all they know please Federal Government rebuild this place so these great people don’t have to endure this anymore”Louisiana we stand with you and we hope that this is the last time you guys have to go through this because divide we stand divide we fall we all are in this together” Schools in the worst-hit areas have closed, and 1,200 people held at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel were evacuated when a rising river threatened to flood the building. Some cities, like Baton Rouge, started door-to-door checks on residents.
The storm has dissipated, and in most places the water levels have dropped—nearly nine feet in some. But as that water cleared away, flood-levels rose in towns to the south, where water still reached to the rooftops.