Louisiana assesses flood damage as residents return to soaked homes


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Reuters:

Louisiana assesses flood damage as residents return to soaked homes

Ron Allen set out electric fans at his rental property in southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday, hoping to dry floors that had been swamped by nearly a foot of water.
“We’ve got to pull out the wood, pull out the vinyl. But first we gotta get the water out,” said Allen, 66. “This has never happened before.”
Record floods have been blamed for at least 13 deaths and damage to about 40,000 homes. Authorities have only begun assessing the devastation.
Rains that started last Thursday have dumped more than 2-1/2 feet (0.76 meters) of water on parts of Louisiana.
The American Red Cross has called the flooding the worst disaster in the United States since Super Storm Sandy hit the U.S. East Coast in 2012.

“Thousands of people in Louisiana have lost everything they own and need our help now,” Brad Kieserman, vice president of disaster services operations and logistics for the Red Cross, said in a statement.
As of Wednesday afternoon, shelters across the state were housing 5,435 people, according to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.
U.S. President Barack Obama signed a Louisiana disaster declaration on Sunday and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local efforts.
The White House said on Wednesday that Obama had directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to “utilize all resources available” in responding to the flooding.


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Praying for all affected by the flooding. Praying for the deceased & their families.


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The majority don’t have flood insurance.


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Louisiana paper to Obama: Cut vacation short

cnn.com/2016/08/18/politics/obama-vacation-louisiana-flooding/

But he made an exception of the rule of not interrupting his vacation to attend a fundraiser.

And he had an early tee time with Larry David. :thumbsup: :rolleyes:


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Yup. Roughly 25% of all properties in the state of Louisiana have flood insurance – the highest rate of any state, IIRC… But most of these properties that flooded were not situated in flood zones, and they are in a “safe” area that wouldn’t get storm surge during hurricanes. So, mortgage companies didn’t require flood insurance policies, and so most people didn’t buy them.

I live about a mile from a small river. I’m not considered to be in the flood zone, so flood insurance is not required and I never purchased a flood insurance policy. If my area received the amount of rain that part of Louisiana did, in so short a time period, I’d be in trouble too.


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When George W. Bush was on vacation during Katrina, there was tons of criticism (well-deserved IMO).

This flooding is not as deadly as Katrina (thank goodness!!), but the loss of property, the complete devastation of vast areas of southern Louisiana – this is basically the equivalent of Katrina for all of the parishes [counties] affected. The first estimate is that 110,000 homes worth more than $20 BILLION dollars were flooded. It remains to be seen what the total cost of damage is, of course, but it’s clear this is a major disaster. Huge. theadvocate.com/louisiana_flood_2016/article_62b54a48-662a-11e6-aade-afd357ccc11f.html?sr_source=lift_amplify

But apparently fundraising and playing golf is more important? :shrug:

Edited to add that the governor of Louisiana (a Democrat) doesn’t want Obama to visit because he doesn’t want resources diverted to Obama’s trip… However, it’s not like his comments caused Obama’s decision, rather Obama made the decision and then the governor said that’s ok. I still think there would be powerful symbolism in the president visiting flood-affected areas – particularly when it took the national media several days to give this story any kind of major attention.


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