Needed in Louisiana as flood waters ebb: 40,000 new homes

As the flood water in Louisiana begins to recede, the true extend of the damage caused by rain storms that dumped more than two feet of water on Baton Rouge and Lafayette in just two days is becoming clear. With an estimated 40,000 homes damaged by the deluge, thousands of people have been displaced from their homes, staying in overflowing shelters, with relatives and friends, and in trailers.

Those with flood insurance will need places to stay while they rebuild. Those without flood insurance have the even greater challenge of relocating completely – a process the state hopes will go more smoothly than it did following Hurricane Katrina.

“Thousands of people in Louisiana have lost everything they own and need our help now,” Brad Kieserman, the vice president of disaster services operations and logistics for the Red Cross, said in a statement. READ MORE.