- Eleven people have been pronounced dead in the horrific floodings of Louisiana.
- 40,000 people are now homeless after their homes have been destroyed.
- An estimated number of $30 million will be needed to effectively relieve the people and get Louisiana back on its feet.
- The worst part is, the rains haven’t stopped yet and the damage is expected to get worse.
Rain is continuing to fall on the streets of Louisiana. Although thousands of residents are returning back to their water-logged homes, the damage isn’t over.
The reports that have come from Louisiana, from this never before seen flood, has everyone in shock. At the moment, eleven people have been pronounced dead. Reports, however, do vary, some are claiming eleven, with others reporting twelve. 30,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, and nearly 40,000 homes were completely destroyed.
Mike Steele, a spokesman for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security said, “We still have to go out with FEMA to get a comprehensive assessment of the damage. It’s still early in the process.”
Apparently, 70,000 people have applied for federal assistance and as the rain continues that number is expected to rise. Steele said that re-opening of schools could be delayed for days.
Richard Webre, the director of Ascension parish’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said that around 30 percent of the homes in the area have been destroyed. Ascension parish is home to around 114,000 people.
Brad Kieserman, the vice president for disaster services operations and logistics for the Red Cross, estimated the relief cost to be no less than $30 million. Kieserman said, “The current flooding in Louisiana is the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy.”
As of Tuesday, the state has been declared a disaster zone by President Obama. Let’s hope they can get some help in their sooner rather than later.