Over 20,000 residents rescued in historic Louisiana flooding
Louisiana Flood Victims – What happens now?
The historic flooding in Louisiana has destroyed more than 60,000 homes and killed 13 people. According to reports, about 6.9 trillion gallons of rain fell on the state between August 8 and 14.
Coast Guard and National Guard members, along with emergency responders and civilians, helped rescue more than 20,000 residents, according to officials.
“This disaster is the worst to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy, and we anticipate it will cost at least $30 million — a number which may grow as we learn more about the scope and magnitude of the devastation.”
-Brad Kieserman, Red Cross’ vice president of disaster services operations and logistics
Hundreds of thousands of residents displaced
The flooding has displaced hundreds of thousands of Louisiana residents. Twenty parishes in the state are listed as disaster areas, making federal funding available.
FEMA is the only recourse Louisiana homeowners without flood insurance may have. Flood coverage is not included in homeowner’s insurance and many flood victims did not live in flood zones where that type of insurance is a requirement. Federal assistance can include temporary housing grants and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs.
How to Help Louisiana Flood Victims
So many Louisiana residents have lost everything and they need help. Visit http://volunteerlouisiana.gov/ to make a donation or volunteer, or donate to the Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Lousisiana: Before and After photos
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