As much of the country switched on their air conditioners and poured cool drinks in an attempt to battle stifling temperatures on Friday afternoon, parts of Louisiana braced themselves for a flooding event of epic proportions.
While Louisianans are no strangers to flooding conditions, this round of flooding is unprecedented. Flood gauges across the state are hitting high levels with several areas not expecting to crest until later into the week.1
As the situation has evolved, we've continued to work with our partners in the state. Four parishes (East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa) were declared as of Sunday night and so far, 14,000 residents have registered for FEMA assistance. (Residents of affected parishes can register via DisasterAssistance.gov.) The declaration will help many Louisianans and the communities they live in start on their road to recovery. Damage assessments are continuing in other parishes, which may later be added to the declaration.
While some places are able to begin their recovery process, others continue their response. First responders have been working around the clock to help those who have been affected. We've been coordinating with the state to make sure they have what they need.
To help support the response we've established two Incident Support Bases—staging areas for important commodities like blankets, cots, meals and water—so that they are ready and available should they be needed.
Mobile Emergency Response Teams and the people behind them have been deployed to one of the Incident Support Bases to support the state with voice, video and information services, helping bridge communications gaps for emergency response. And one of our Incident Management Assistance Teams was deployed to work hand-in-hand with state colleagues, to support response activities and ensure there are no unmet needs.
There are several resources available for those who have been impacted—whether you’re looking for loved ones in the area or if you’re looking for a way to help those who have been impacted.
Our thoughts are with Louisiana and will continue to be as we work side-by-side with our state and local counterparts.
Editor’s Note (Aug 17): For a full list of declared parishes, visit the Louisiana disaster page.
- Louisiana disaster page
- FEMA App with shelters and other information
- Social Hub
- Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness: Facebook, Twitter, Website
- Volunteer Opportunities in Louisiana
- Red Cross: Shelters and Safe and Well Registry