January 12, 2017 by axirizishere
By Axiriz Morales / Inglewood, CA
In the last month there was a natural disaster that happened in Louisiana.
A flood emergency was caused by more than ten rivers (Amite, Vermilion, Calcasieu, Comite, Mermentau, Pearl, Tangipahoa,Tchefuncte, Tickfaw, and Bogue Chitto) that reached a major flood stage. The widespread flooding stranded thousands of people in their homes and vehicles. Law enforcement, boat owning residents, and volunteers spent days evacuating and rescuing people.
With an estimated 146,000 homes damaged in the flooding—characterized as the worst US natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy in 2012—thousands of Louisianians were forced into shelters, with more than 11,000 in state-operated shelters. This prompted an estimated 1,500 American Red Cross volunteers to travel to Louisiana, along with other groups to send volunteers such as Louisiana State University, the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Celebration Church, Grace Church of Central, and the Church of Scientology.
Many of the areas that flooded were not in “high flood risk areas” so therefore they did not have flood insurance. Homeowners that were left with damaged homes were eligible for up to $33,000 in federal aid . About 102,000 people applied for federal disaster aid.