Sunday, March 13, 2016

Louisiana floods damage nearly 5,000 homes and counting

Nearly 5,000 homes in Louisiana have been damaged by flooding after heavy rains swept across the state, according to initial figures released Sunday (March 13) by the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Officials warned the count is likely to grow as damage is assessed in southeast Louisiana.

Emergency officials have counted 4,958 damaged homes so far as response efforts to historic river flooding continue in many parts of the state, including in western St. Tammany Parish and Tangipahoa Parish.

GOHSEP spokesman Mike Steele described the initial count as "very, very preliminary," reflecting damage recorded as storms swept down the Interstate 20 corridor, first flooding parts of the Shreveport area and then central Louisiana near Monroe days later.

Damage assessment is happening in phases as floodwaters recede. That number is likely to continue to climb as the state sees the full extent of flooding, including damage in parts of St. Tammany that are still dealing with overflowing rivers, Steele said....
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