Deadly Louisiana Flooding Claimed at Least 13 Lives, Damaged 60,000 Homes
President Obama is expected to travel to Louisiana on Tuesday.
By EMILY SHAPIRO
August 22, 2016, 2:14 PM
• 5 min read
-- 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.
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.
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.