As of this morning, 60,700 homes were reported to be damaged or destroyed throughout the state and 102,000 people have registered for federal assistance, said Mike Steele, spokesman for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
The flash flooding first struck the Baton Rouge area Aug. 12, forcing unsuspecting residents out of their homes.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has called the flood that killed at least 13 “unprecedented” and “historic.” The situation was declared an emergency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) called in to provide resources and funding to help with recovery efforts.
For some displaced residents, it brought back painful memories of evacuating during Hurricane Katrina 11 years ago.