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Ankle deep water filled his home; he hopes an insurance payout will help replace the floors.
Resident Toni Denova just bought new furniture for her home but that’s not what worried her. All she wanted was to preserve her family photographs against the rising floodwater.
“I have a box full of pictures in my garage that I hope get saved. That’s all I really care about,” Denova told CNN.
‘It’s only going to get worse
More than 24 inches of rain have fallen since Wednesday in Livingston, near Baton Rouge, making the disaster an extremely rare weather event, according to the National Weather Service. The statistical chance of such flooding occurring in any given year is 1%,
the weather service said.
On Sunday night, President Obama granted Edward’s request for emergency declaration to assist in response and recovery efforts. So far, the governor has deployed the Louisiana National Guard, which mobilized 1,700 soldiers to assist in search and rescue. Military police are assisting local law enforcement with security.
Private citizens also contributed to search and rescue efforts.
On Sunday in the town of Galvez Lake near the Amite River, a frantic Christy Bourgeois and her husband Tom prepared a fan boat to assist a nearby flooded home.