Louisiana is facing a major recovery, repair, and rebuilding effort after heavy rains brought devastating floods to the state. The Houston Chronicle has this report (see: "Cleanup continues in Louisiana following deadly flooding," by Darla Guillen).

"While the final numbers won't be known for some time, Gov. John Bel Edwards' office has estimated 60,646 houses were damaged and 30,000 people rescued; other people escaped on their own," the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported (see: "How many houses, people flooded in Louisiana?" by Drew Broach). "FEMA says 109,398 people or households have applied for housing help, and 25,000 National Flood Insurance Program claims have been filed. The American Red Cross called it the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy struck New Jersey in 2012," the paper reported.

The Atlantic Big Picture blog has posted a dramatic photo essay on the flooding (see: "Historic Louisiana Flooding Affects Tens of Thousands," by Alan Taylor).

Search and Rescue
Regional Response Team Six conduct search and rescue operations by boat in Ascension Parish (photo courtesy FEMA).
JT BLATTY Regional Response Team Six conduct search and rescue operations by boat in Ascension Parish (photo courtesy FEMA).