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Recovery From Louisiana Floods to Take Months

Louisiana has begun working to recover from the widespread flooding that killed 13 people and damaged at least 60,000 homes in 20 parishes. Governor John Bel Edwards said that the process of recovery would take many months and noted that many have yet to realize the...
August 24, 2016

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Louisiana has begun working to recover from the widespread flooding that killed 13 people and damaged at least 60,000 homes in 20 parishes. Governor John Bel Edwards said that the process of recovery would take many months and noted that many have yet to realize the significance of the unprecedented and historic disaster. According to the Red Cross, the recent flooding in Louisiana is probably the greatest natural disaster to hit the U.S. since Superstorm Sandy in 2012.


CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said the flooding is not over yet. “This is a very lumbering, slow, slow flood. It’s going to be with us still for many, many days.”

Gov. Edwards said emphatically that the state needs help and expressed disappointment that the Red Cross had not received more donations. According to the governor’s office, 102,000 people have applied for federal assistance, and Rafael Lemaitre, spokesperson for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), said that more than 25,000 have filed flood claims.


PIA Immediate Past President Richard A. “Richie” Clements, a native of Louisiana, said several days after the first flooding, “Many homes have been decimated to varying degrees. We’ve seen a couple of inches of water and, in some cases, water up to the roof tops.”

The flooding disaster highlighted the need for flood insurance, even in areas that don’t usually flood. “We have seen some evacuees and asked each of them if they had flood insurance. Some do, but most don’t. They all say ‘it’s never flooded here before.’ That’s so sad,” Clements said.

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