Eight people were killed and at least 40,000 homes were damaged in the Louisiana floods.
Being considered as the worst floods in Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards, along with FEMA administrator Craig Fugate, said during a news conference that “well over” 20,000 rescues have been made since the flooding started on Friday.
The governor’s office later upped the same number to 30,000.
As reported by the Los Angeles Times, as much as 75 percent of the Livingston Parish’s 52,000 homes were affected by the flooding. “We’ve been through Hurricane Gustav, Katrina, Isaac, and Rita, but this without a doubt is the roughest we’ve ever had in this parish,” Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard said.
Ascension Parish saw water filling up every one in three homes.
The southern part of the state was affected by a massive 2 feet of rain that fell for a period of 48 hours. While officials are in the search and rescue mode, Edwards emphasized that more flooding could occur in places downstream.
A total of 12 parishes are now included in the federal disaster declaration, as reported by FOX News. Tens of thousands of people have signed up for FEMA assistance.
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Almost 8,000 people were seeking refuge in shelters, a number that Edwards said was changing as people returned to their homes, relocated or moved into motels.
“This is a historic flooding event,” Edwards said. “When you have a storm that is unnamed — it wasn’t a tropical storm, it wasn’t a hurricane — a lot of times people underestimate the impact that it would have.… But this is historic. We are seeing unprecedented flood levels as the waters move south.”
Around 40,000 homes have suffered damage as a result of heavy rainfall or floods.
The heavy rainfall in certain areas of Louisiana, caused by the slow moving and low pressure system, was gradually progressing towards Texas. However, the National Weather Service said the risk of flooding remained large as a result of the massive volume of water moving towards the Gulf of Mexico.