Severe flooding from days of heavy rains – described as the worst in 100 years -was blamed for the deaths of 13 people here two weeks ago. President Obama visited some of the affected areas and assured residents that “the federal government will provide all the help it can,” to assist folks get back on their feet.
The president had previously declared a state of emergency in 12 parishes across Louisiana to ensure federal help is provided. In may instances entire homes were destroyed along with belongings needed for everyday survival. It was the worst disaster to hit Louisiana since the devastation of hurricane Katrina almost a decade ago which caused heavy damage to much of the gulf coast.
Many of those affected by the current disaster are likely to face greater challenges in rebuilding as they lack flood insurance on their homes. Authorities reveal that residents were not provided with that service as Mortgage and Insurance companies concluded the areas were not designated for flood Insurance.