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Louisiana Floods Worst U.S. Disaster Since Hurricane Sandy

The American Red Cross is calling this week’s flooding in Louisiana the worst disaster in the U.S. since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. At least 13 people were killed after historic rainfall submerged parts of Baton Rouge and the surrounding area. State officials say the destruction may result in the worst housing crisis in the region since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The federal government has declared the area a disaster zone, and state officials say more than 5,000 people remain in emergency shelters. This is a volunteer in Acadia Parish, Louisiana, where public schools remain closed and a curfew remains in place, amid the devastating flooding.

Angel Browning: “It’s very scary. And God has a reason; I just don’t know what it is yet. So, the rain is coming some more, and we just don’t know what to do. We’re trying to do everything we can. And we’re running low on everything at the store, so we’re trying to get stuff coming in, which we can’t, because everything is blocked. So, the owner’s running to Wal-Mart and buying crates and crates and crates of milk, so we can pass out here to our little people in our community.”

The Louisiana Governor’s Office has said at least 40,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed. In Livingston Parish, home to about 138,000 people, it is estimated 75 percent of the homes have been lost.

 

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