Deadly Louisiana Flooding Claimed at Least 13 Lives, Damaged 60,000 Homes

President Obama is expected to travel to Louisiana on Tuesday.

ByEmily Shapiro
August 22, 2016, 10:14 AM

— -- Ten days after deadly flooding hit southeastern Louisiana, tens of thousands of devastated residents are working to recover.

As of this morning, 60,700 homes were reported damaged or destroyed in the state, and 102,000 people have registered for federal assistance, said Mike Steele, a spokesman for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

PHOTO: Daniel Stover, 17, moves a boat of personal belongings from a flooded friend's home, Aug. 20, 2016, in Sorrento, Louisiana.
Daniel Stover, 17, moves a boat of personal belongings from a flooded friend's home, Aug. 20, 2016, in Sorrento, Louisiana.
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PHOTO: Standing water closes roads, Aug. 20, 2016, in Sorrento, Louisiana.
Standing water closes roads, Aug. 20, 2016, in Sorrento, Louisiana.
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The flooding first struck the Baton Rouge area Aug. 12, forcing unsuspecting residents out of their homes.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has called the flooding, which killed at least 13 people, "unprecedented" and "historic." The situation was declared an emergency, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency was called in to provide resources and funding to help with recovery efforts.

For some displaced residents, it brought back painful memories of evacuating during Hurricane Katrina 11 years ago.

PHOTO: Furniture is seen abandoned on a roadside in Baton Rouge, Aug. 20, 2016.
Furniture is seen abandoned on a roadside in Baton Rouge, Aug. 20, 2016.
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PHOTO: A man removes the damaged wall of his house, due to severe flooding caused by rain, Aug. 20, 2016, in Baton Rouge.
A man removes the damaged wall of his house, due to severe flooding caused by rain, Aug. 20, 2016, in Baton Rouge.
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As the area works to recover, even more rain is soaking the area. The National Weather Service said 2 to 3 inches of rain fell Sunday.

President Barack Obama is expected to travel to Louisiana on Tuesday.

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