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Published on : Tuesday, August 16, 2016
More than 20,000 people had been evacuated, and resident Barack Obama had declared a major disaster in four parishes – including East Baton Rouge.
John Bel Edwards, governor of Louisiana has called the flooding as unprecedented. More than 12,000 people are staying in shelters. Even the governor forced to leave the Governor’s Mansion in central Baton Rouge, when chest-high water filled the basement and electricity was shut off.
Strangely, in Denham Springs, 12 miles east of Baton Rouge, coffins unearthed by the rains floated down the streets. In fact, some of them are describing this ghastly flood worse than Hurricane Katrina which had struck in 2005.
The worst of the rain is now over, but rivers continue to rise. Water levels in some rivers are not expected to recede for two days. Any additional rain in the next couple of days could trigger more flash flooding.
More than 40,000 businesses and homes were without power, and 1,400 bridges needed inspecting before they could be opened to traffic.
The risk of tetanus, E-coli and Norovirus continues for those who want to return to their flooded homes. When residents return home to find houses affected by flood damage, they may develop respiratory issues, including asthma. Allergens may increase, especially if mould, dust mites and cockroaches are in the area after a flood.