The south of the province of Louisiana, America is floating due to heavy rain. More than two feet of rain that fallen in 72 hours killed at least 13 people and displaced tens of thousands more. Local sources reported, nearly 30 thousand people have been rescued by the Rescue Forces.
By Wednesday morning, about 7,000 people were spread among 37 shelters across flood-ravaged southern Louisiana, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said. Later in the day, the death toll reached 13, and state officials said they were still searching homes and businesses after a flood that the American Red Cross described as “the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy.”
“The good news is it’s not widespread, more hit and miss,” said meteorologist Roger Erickson of the NWS station in Lake Charles. “The problem is there is nowhere for the water to run off. In the last couple of days, we’ve had to reissue flash flood warnings in areas that had been showing improvement.”
The result is dashed hopes for the legions of residents who fled their flooded homes for higher ground this week and were hoping to return to their homes and lives.
Most of Louisiana has gotten at least a foot of rain since Friday, with some places getting as much as 30 inches, according to the NWS. And the resulting arithmetic from some of the worst flooding to hit the state has been awful — 13 dead, 8,400 people in shelters, 40,000 homes damaged, 30,000 people rescued. Food and essentials are being sent to the flood affected with helicopters.
In places in and around Baton Rouge where the water has started to recede, the scale of the devastation is starting to be seen.
President Obama declared the affected region a disaster area on Tuesday. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is scheduled to visit the region on Thursday.