11 killed and 40,000 homes damaged in Louisiana floods

The Associated Press reports 11 people have been confirmed dead and 40,000 homes damaged by flooding in Louisiana:

Officials painted a stark picture of the crisis so far: at least 40,000 homes damaged and 11 people killed in some of the worst flooding in Louisiana history, touched off by as much as 2 feet of rain in 48 hours. Over 30,000 people have been rescued since Friday, with more being brought to safety by the hour…

In Livingston Parish, one of the hardest-hit areas with about 138,000 people, an official estimated that 75 percent of the homes were a total loss.


The story describes the homecoming of Raymond and Daniella Letelier who find their home had been inundated with flood water:

Raymond Lieteau, 48, returned to his home in the Woodlands neighborhood of Baton Rouge to survey the damage Tuesday and begin cleaning up. The water line on a mirror showed that he had more than 5 feet of water inside his home.

“My furniture is all over the place,” he said. “It’s just amazing.”

The Times-Picayune published a series of aerial video clips online today showing the scope of the damage. This clip shows the flooding of homes, stores and highways in Baton Rouge:

This NBC Nightly News clip shows some before and after images of the flooding. This story also says the flooding amounts to 4 trillion gallons of water moving south through the state:

Finally, this video is a from Saturday but it shows how incredibly close one woman (and her dog) came to drowning inside a submerged car.

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