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Flooding In Louisiana, Worst Natural Disaster To Strike US Since Hurricane Sandy

By Michelle Guanzon
on August 27, 2016 14:08 PM

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Flooding In Louisiana, Worst Natural Disaster To Strike US Since Hurricane Sandy: (credit: Screengrab from Youtube)

It was on August 12 when the rain began falling in Louisiana. In some of the hardest-hit areas, it rained for days. Levies overflowed, rivers ran backwards and water kept rising.

President Obama himself are pleading the Americans to help fund recovery efforts in Louisiana where the flooding killed 13 people and damaged more than ten thousands businesses and homes.

 "The catastrophic flood devastating Louisiana is now the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy four years ago," the Red Cross said.

"Thousands of people in Louisiana have lost everything they own and need our help now," said Brad Kieserman, the Red Cross' vice president of disaster services operations and logistics.

In the midst of this catastrophe, a report claimed that historic flooding in Louisiana has changed region forever.

Father Michael Galea, the pastor at Holy Rosary Church in St. Amant estimated that there are 90 percent of his parishioners who were affected with the flooding that it touched nearly every corner of the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

"It's going to change the whole dynamic of Holy Rosary as a parish as we know it," Father Galea told The Catholic Commentator, the diocesan newspaper. "It's not going to be the same. And we are going to lose quite a bit of people if they choose to move away.

Despite this, Father Galea remained hopeful that together they can be go through this tragedy and come together as one family.

"But hopefully with love and compassion and a lot of hugs we can become a family all over again. That is what is most important is for us to be together again."

Meanwhile, Father Jamin David, pastor at St. Margaret of Scotland Church in Albany said that they opened their facilities for the victims.

"We opened up our facilities to everyone," Father David said. "It became a humanitarian effort. Really, it was the multiplication of the fishes."

"We opened up the kitchen and fed about 500 people," Father David added.

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