By: Elena Grace Flores
It was devastating that at least 11 people have died in really severe flooding that has submerged and destroy homes in a vast part of southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi. The federal government has already declared a major disaster in there. Tales went on as 30,000 people were rescued from flooded homes and vehicles.
It has impacted at least 40,000 homes as Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards confirmed, adding that 30,000 people and 1,000 pets have been moved to safer grounds. 40,000 people were seen in the FEMA registration sheet for disaster assistance but unfortunate that 11 people have died in the disaster.
The next 24 to 48 hours was chilling for the survivors as they observe if their homes will be destroyed or they can go back there safely the next day.
Livingston Parish official estimated that 75 percent of the homes in the parish, containing about 138,000 people, were a “total loss.”
The federal government declared a major disaster after days of torrential rain inundated the state, flooding thousands of homes and prompting thousands of water rescues.
On Tuesday, a reported 60,000 people had signed up for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to Edwards. Eight parishes were added to the federal disaster declaration, bringing the total to 12, AP reports. Gov. Edwards indicated that it was a serious event with more or less 10,000 people were spending overnight or more in shelters as a result of flooding devastation.
Of the 11 deaths there were five flood-related deaths in East Baton Rouge Parish, three in Tangipahoa Parish, two in St. Helena Parish and one in Rapides Parish.
Bill Borne, 58, founder of national nursing home company Amedisys, was found dead due to accidental drowning and was discovered near Mallard Estates. A grandmother drowned after saving her grandson in Rapides Parish after her vehicle was swept off a flooded road in Hineston. They were washed into Big Cree. Two heard the child screaming,as bystander swam out to recover the child, clinging to a tree limb. The child is now in good condition.
In Tangipahoa Parish, a 59-year-old male fatality has not been identified, but the other was 20-year-old Alexandra Budde found along Highway 442 in Tickfaw. Her vehicle was caught in floodwaters.
The body of Greensburg resident Samuel Muse, 54, was recovered in St. Helena Parish. Hewas driving his pickup west on State Highway 10 where his vehicle was swept away by floodwaters. 68-year-old William Mayfield drowned trying to escape floodwaters near Zachary, Louisiana.