Aerial photos show the true scale of the devastation wrought by Louisiana flooding that has killed 11 and damaged 40,000 homes

Thursday, August 18, 2016
By Paul Martin

With an estimated 40,000 homes damaged by deadly flooding, Louisiana could be looking at its biggest housing crunch since aftermath of Hurricane Katrina a decade ago
The flooding that has struck the Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas has left at least 11 people dead
More than 30,000 have been rescued, and at least 70,000 have registered for federal disaster assistance
At the height, 11,000 people were staying in shelters, though that had dropped to 6,000 by Wednesday
More than 110 state highways remained closed on Wednesday, along with even more local roadways
17 August 2016

The smell of muddy water hung heavy in the air as people began sorting through waterlogged belongings and ripping out carpets on Wednesday in flood-wracked southern Louisiana, which now faces a long-term challenge of how to house thousands of displaced people.

Even as the water receded in some areas, it was rising in other communities downstream, sending people fleeing to shelters.

Officials painted a stark picture of the crisis: an estimated 40,000 homes damaged and 11 people killed in some of the worst flooding in Louisiana history.

More than 30,000 people have been rescued since Friday, and more than 110 state highways remained closed on Wednesday, along with even more local roadways.

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