Historic flooding in Louisiana

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake

Coast Guard crews rescued about 200 people, assisted nearly 3,000 people in distress and rescued 26 pets as of Aug. 15 from flooded areas of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Aug. 16, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that a total of 20 parishes have been declared a major disaster by the federal government. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate approved the declaration in a meeting with Gov. Edwards while he visited Louisiana on Tuesday.

“This is an historic flooding incident in Louisiana,” said Gov. Edwards.  “We are working around the clock to get every available resource into the hands of the people of our state.  No one will be forgotten as we continue to assess the damage. I will continue to work with the federal government, as well as state, local, and federal partners, to make sure the resources we need are on the ground as soon as possible.”