PINE BELT (WDAM) - It hasn't even been a week since the rains began to fall in south Louisiana. Now more than 20 thousand people have been rescued from the flood waters after up to 30 inches of rain fell in many areas around Baton Rouge.
The images coming from our neighbors to the south are heart-wrenching. Lives of so many families have been devastated... People have lost their lives…and homes and businesses have been destroyed.
We are so thankful for the first-responders and private citizens who braved the rising waters to save so many. The firefighters, law enforcement, military, hospital staffs, the Red Cross, and many others all working together to help.
President Obama officially granted a major disaster declaration request for several parishes on Sunday, with others being added today.
This along with the compelling images of devastation, tell all of us that it will take months possibly years for those affected to pick up the pieces.
Even people right here in the Pine Belt are doing their part with flood relief drives to take supplies to our neighbors.
They need our help… Our stations are working with the American Red Cross to assist in the recovery, and you can donate to the South Louisiana Flood Relief.
You can click here to donate or text LAFLOODS to 90999.