Over 40,000 homes have been destroyed in the historic flooding southeastern Louisiana has experienced this month. On Sunday, President Obama declared a federal emergency in the state.
Over 20,000 people have been rescued during the flooding, with over 8,000 staying in shelters. Currently, 8 people have been reported dead, but Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said officials "won't know the death toll for sure for several more days."
Even the Governor was among the state's rescued; chest-high waters flooded the basement of the Governor's Mansion, and large swathes of Louisiana experienced over 30 inches of rain since last Friday. In Baton Rouge, drone videos have recorded boats cruising the streets around the submerged automobiles.
The flooding has shut down several interstates through Mississippi; over 1,500 motorists have been rescued from I-12 alone, and food and water have been air-dropped to the stranded vehicles while they wait to be removed.
Want to help?
The Red Cross has declared this flooding "the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy." They've estimated the relief effort alone will cost over $30 million, and you can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or texting the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from these disasters.