Caskets float down the street in devastating Louisiana floods: Grim scenes as 500-year storm leaves up to 10,000 people homeless

Monday, August 15, 2016
By Paul Martin

Obama declared flooding in Louisiana a disaster, allowing federal funds to reach four parishes hit hardest by rainfall on Friday
Governor said more than 10k are now in shelters, and 20k were rescued
Four people were reported dead, and another body was recovered late Sunday from a flooded vehicle in East Baton Rouge Parish
Conditions could worsen, as heavy rain with threat of flash flooding is forecasted through Monday
Emergency officials are strategizing ways to rescue those still trapped
Some 1,700 members of the Louisiana National Guard have been deployed for rescue efforts

DailyMail.com
15 August 2016

President Barack Obama declared Louisiana was in a state of disaster on Sunday after a historic flood left at least five people dead, with emergency crews working to rescue thousands more.

Governor John Bel Edwards said more than 10,000 people are now in shelters and more than 20,000 people have been rescued across south Louisiana.

More than a foot of rain fell overnight on Friday – in a deluge estimated to occur once every 500 years, according to the Pacific Standard.

In shocking photos showing the devastation, caskets that had washed up from a graveyard floated down the street in Denham Springs, Louisiana.

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