August 19, 2016
Louisiana Flooding Causing Huge Housing Crisis, Federal Disaster Aid Requested

The damage done in the Louisiana flooding becomes increasingly apparent, leaving many to call for help.

A serious downpour occurred over several days for the residents of Louisiana. Caused by what's being regarded as something similar to an inland tropical depression, rainfall continued until flooding began to endanger the lives of residents. In the aftermath of the detrimental weather, it's being said that many homeowners are now seeking refuge and requesting assistance to begin the rebuilding process.

Unfortunately, the effects of the flooding in Louisiana are still being felt. In a report by NPR, it's being estimated that some 40,000 houses have been damaged. While some cases appear to be more severe than others, this leaves a staggering amount of individuals searching for somewhere to plant their feet. With such a large scale of damage, this latest crisis is being compared to Hurricane Katrina and the after-effects that it caused.

City officials of Louisiana are taking note of the approximately 80,000 people who have applied for federal disaster aid. And while it would be normal for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist in a manner of haste, flooding has seemingly complicated the process that would normally be undertaken to help citizens.

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate explains the reason behind the complication in Louisiana, namely the fact that their normal rental assistance procedure to help victims of the disaster are being hindered by the flood. Due to the large volume, the option to rent a house isn't available.

"There's not that much that wasn't damaged in some of these parishes," Fugate states.

It's an unfortunate situation given that flooding of this scale would complicate matters, but Fugate also mentions that FEMA is assisting in cleaning out and repairing homes as fast as they can.

Still, there appears to be some sign of improvement in the situation as a whole in Louisiana. The waters are draining in some area, allowing officials to resume the search for flooding victims. Unforeseen circumstances are a factor during such a catastrophic flood, and there's the possibility that there are those who haven't been able to call for assistance. With this in mind, state officials are hoping to reach out to and come to the aid of anyone who may still be suffering from the rise in water.

WWNO's Eileen Fleming had this to say in regards to the effort in reaching out to victims.

"Gov. John Bel Edwards says initial search and rescue operations were focused on responding to people who reported they were in trouble."

Edwards also weighed in on the matter, feeling that the time to assist in a more expansive way is necessary.

"It's time to go back and do a comprehensive search, house by house, whether or not there was a call for assistance, to make sure there isn't someone in that house who was unable to call for assistance."

With at least 13 confirmed deaths as a result of the Louisiana flooding, one can only wonder why there appears to be less coverage on such a disaster. USA Today reports that this may be the worst disaster since Sandy, and yet there are few who are talking about it.

Red Cross representative Craig Cooper took notice of this, though he states that the Red Cross's perspective is primarily on the flooding in Louisiana.

"This isn't making the front pages," Cooper stated. "It's not making the landing page on websites. From the Red Cross' perspective, the Louisiana floods are page one."

Perhaps the reasoning is due to the coverage of the Olympics. There's also the election season and the wildfires that have sparked in California. Regardless, state officials continue their quest to lend aid to those who seek relief against the flood and its aftermath.

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