Many Louisiana residents have had to leave their homes in response to flooding, according to NPR. The source said that some areas of the state reported 25 inches of rain with 72 hours, as NPR member station WWNO's Eileen Fleming put it. An appliance store in Amite reportedly held "a foot and a half of water" at one point, the source added.
The flooding is considered a serious ongoing event as of this writing, with area citizens seeking out shelter. The Los Angeles Times said that locations around Baton Rouge experienced as much as 15 inches of rain within two days. The local downpour and related floods caused local concern during the weekend of Aug. 14.
Louisiana Gov.John Bel Edwards commented on the storm in a recent statement, in which he praised the work of FEMA and called on President Obama to declare the floods a federal disaster for several parishes. The state of emergency was declared on Friday, and Governor Edwards encouraged locals to "register damages sustained" if they had storm-related aftermath to report.
"The state of emergency was declared on Friday."
"We are thankful for the federal government's quick response to our request for an emergency declaration," Edwards said. "This is an ongoing event, and we are confident that every available state and federal resource will be brought to bear. I fully expect that more parishes will be added to the declaration on a rolling basis."
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