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La. Floods Worst Natural Disaster Since Hurricane Sandy

08-17-2016
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The death toll is rising again from the historic floods in Louisiana. The Red Cross is calling it the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy, with more than 40,000 homes affected by the disaster.

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Cleanup has begun as some home and business owners return to find total destruction.

"Speechless… don't know where to start," business owner Chad Granger said.

Waters are starting to recede in areas hardest hit. But flooding is still widespread in some areas, with some who survived Hurricane Katrina 11 years ago saying this is far worse.

"Everything that I had is gone - everything. Everything," evacuee Christina Braud tearfully exclaimed.

Another evacuee, Brookes Wilson, was also devastated.

"It's like the end of your life, the end of your world, having to start over like that. We worked so hard for it," Wilson said.

At a news conference Tuesday, Gov. John Bel Edwards said some 40,000 properties and counting have been damaged by the historic flooding, and well over 30,000 people have been rescued across the state.

"Nobody is going to be forgotten and we will do everything we can to render aid," he pledged.

Meanwhile, CBN's Operation Blessing is on the scene assisting residents affected by the flooding, many whose homes are uninsured.

"It is such a blessing to know that people care," flood victim Marilyn Pereira said. "We're' having to pull out off of the furniture, all the beds... everything is gone."

"Operation Blessing is going to help Miss Marilyn as well as many other families and residents that have been flooded and devastated by these flood waters," Daniel Moore, director of Operation Blessing's U.S. Disaster Relief, said. "Operation Blessing's going to link arms and help these residents in this community get back on their feet."

The aid organization, in partnership with local ministries like Healing Place Church in Denham Springs, has an urgent need for volunteers and funds to help families begin the first steps to recover.

Meanwhile, forecasters predict even more rain for some areas of the state over the rest of the week.

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