Death toll from devastating Louisiana floods rises to 11 – as more than 8,000 Louisianans are forced into shelters and Taylor Swift makes $1m donation

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
By Paul Martin

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards gave a stark assessment of the widespread disaster on Tuesday
His office said more than 30,000 people have been rescued since the flooding began on Friday
A torrent of about two feet of rain inundated the southern part of the state over a 48-hour period
Days later, many homes and businesses were still underwater while some areas entered recovery mode
Taylor Swift is donating $1 million to flood relief, after Louisiana residents welcomed her last year

By KHALEDA RAHMAN
DAILYMAIL.COM
17 August 2016

A total of 11 people have now been killed in the devastating Louisiana floods, the governor said on Tuesday, and at least 40,000 homes were damaged.

Giving a stark assessment of the widespread disaster, Gov. John Bel Edwards spoke at a news conference alongside FEMA administrator Craig Fugate, saying ‘well over’ 20,000 people have been rescued since the flooding began on Friday.

His office later increased that figure to more than 30,000 – which included a 78-year-old woman who spent a night stranded in a tree.

Beginning on Friday, a torrent of about two feet of rain inundated the southern part of the state over a 48-hour period, and days later many homes and businesses were still underwater.

Singer Taylor Swift is donating $1 million to Louisiana flood relief. She said Tuesday that Louisiana residents graciously welcomed her when she kicked off the U.S. dates of her ‘1989 World Tour’ in the state last year.

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