BATON ROUGE, La-Over the weekend, torrential rainfall caused historic flooding in Southeast Louisiana. According to the Red Cross, the disaster is “the worst to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy” and will cost the state at least $30 million in damages (and that number is likely to grow). At least 13 people have died across five parishes. The U.S. Coast Guard, National Guard, and local emergency responders have rescued more than 30,000 people and 1,400 pets from the floodwaters, and more rain is expected in the coming days.
“Thousands of people in Louisiana have lost everything they own and need our help now,” Brad Kieserman, Red Cross vice president of disaster services operations and logistics, said. “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.”
At least 30,000 Louisiana residents and 1,400 pets have been rescued from flooded areas. About 40,000 homes have been damaged to some degree, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said.
At least 7,000 people are staying in emergency shelters.
THE SWIFT HELP
The Red Cross has asked for donations to support operations in the state.
Flood recovery will take millions of dollars, and Taylor Swift has already chipped in $1 million. Any little bit helps, and the Red Cross — which is working nonstop to help those who have been displaced by this event — has provided information on how people can donate to Louisiana flood victims. Anyone can also text “LAFLOODS” to 90999, which will result in a $10 donation.