The Louisiana State Government continues to send aid in response to the mass flooding throughout much of the state. Reports say that emergency responders have rescued over 1000 people so far. Flash flood warnings are in effect for much of the southern part of the state and officials are urging people to evacuate areas at high risk for flooding.
The mass flooding was caused by a historic amount of rainfall. Many areas experienced approximately 21 inches of rain in just 24 hours causing rivers to surge and flood their banks. A high number of nearby residents did not evacuate, believing the water would not reach their homes. As a result, many had to be rescued as their homes were nearly submerged.
Over 1250 national guard soldiers have been dispatched to affected areas to provide aid. Along with them, 170 high water vehicles, 20 boats, and 5 helicopters have been deployed. Even so, stories have arisen of citizens helping others in need across the state. Three men in a boat rescued a woman and her dog from a rapidly sinking car last weekend.
A state of emergency has been declared for southern Louisiana and it is expected to remain in place until September 10th.