Historic Louisiana Floods: Over 40,000 Homes Affected
Rain continued to fall over parts of Louisiana on Tuesday, adding to the devastation of days of flooding in parishes across the state.
A handout picture provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows a flooded area of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Aug. 15. The confirmed statewide death toll rose to eleven, a levee was over-topped in one parish and more than three-quarters of the homes were lost in another parish, authorities said Tuesday. More than 30,000 people had been plucked from the water across the state.
A person works on a home surrounded by flood waters on Aug. 16, in Port Vincent, Louisiana. Starting last week Louisiana was overwhelmed with flood water causing at least eleven deaths and thousands of homes damaged by the flood waters.
People use boats to navigate a flooded street on Aug. 16, 2016 in Gonzales, Louisiana. Residents awoke Tuesday to find their homes and businesses still surrounded by muddy water, without clear answers about when the deadly flooding is expected to recede. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
A casket floats up against a house after flooding Aug. 16, in Gonzales, Louisiana.
A woman opens a gate at a family member's home after flooding on August 16, in Gonzales, Louisiana.
Raymond Lieteau waits for help to move a refrigerator as his friend Melissa Lockhart cleans up the living room in his flood damaged home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Aug. 16. Lieteau had more than five feet of water in his home. At least 40,000 homes were damaged.
Johnette Folse stands in her flood damaged living room in Denham Springs, Louisiana, Aug. 16. Folse said she used the kayak to rescue her animals all of whom survived the flood.
Danny and Alys Messenger canoe away from their flooded home after reviewing the damage in Prairieville, Louisiana, Aug. 16. As waters begin to recede in parts of Louisiana, some residents struggled to return to flood-damaged homes on foot, in cars and by boat.
A car floats in Gonzales, Louisiana, Aug. 16.
Floodwaters reach the front steps of a home near Holden, after heavy rains inundated the region on August 14, 2016. According to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, more than 20,000 people have been rescued from the floodwaters and over 12,000 remained in shelters on Sunday night.
Coast Guard personnel evacuate people from floodwaters in Baton Rouge.
Stranded people wait on flooded U.S. Route 190 after heavy rains on August 13 in Robert.
A woman kisses her 3-month-old baby as they wait to be evacuated by members of the Louisiana National Guard near Walker.
Motorists on Highway 190 drive through deep water through Holden. President Barack Obama on Sunday signed a disaster declaration for the state, freeing up federal aid to support recovery efforts in the affected areas.
The floodwaters recede from Bethel United Methodist Cemetery in Greenwell Springs.
Members of the Louisiana National Guard unload people at a rally point after they were rescued from rising floodwater near Walker.
A vehicle is submerged in floodwaters in Youngsville, La. At least six rivers have hit record levels in Louisiana since the deluge began on Friday, according to The Weather Channel. It said the Amite River exceeded its previous record by over 6 feet in Magnolia.
A truck pulling ATVs drives through floodwaters on Liberty Road in Greenwell Springs.
Jeff Robinson lowers a ladder from a Louisiana National Guard truck as his wife wades through flood waters from the Natalbany River near their home in Baptist.