Here's What's Going On In Louisiana

Louisiana flood, news

The Red Cross is calling it the worst U.S. disaster since Hurricane Sandy

The Short of It:

We're calling it the Louisiana Flooding.The Red Cross shipped off a group of volunteers to flood-ravaged Louisiana today in an effort to offer relief to the area which the organization is calling "the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy."

The Longer Version of It:

Last Friday the southern part of Louisiana was hit by a 48-hour long storm that rained down two feet of showers and created colossal floods that have desolated the area. As of now, at least eleven deaths have been linked to the flooding , 20,000 people have been pulled out for relief and upwards of 40,000 homes have endured damage. On top of all of this, tens of thousands of people were forced to leave their homes and abandon their belongings and now thousands of people are without electricity. Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards has called the flood "historic" and "unprecedented," noting that the disaster had not been linked to a named hurricane or storm.

Why is this happening?

Many are saying that the flooding looks a lot like climate change. Scientists, activists and analysts are pointing at the increased heavy rainfall and the flooding that has followed as consistent with what many researchers are expecting weather to look like in the future based on climate models. On the other side of the river, others are disputing the notion of climate change and global warming demanding that we call "rain, rain" and a "flood a flood".

The Takeaway:

You might remember the devastation that so many faced in 2012 with Hurricane Sandy who plowed through 24 states in the US which particularly caused severe damage and devastation in New Jersey and New York. (You know, the one where so many people got an introduction to NJ governor Chris Christy?) Well, the Red Cross is calling this disaster worse than that. President Obama signed a major disaster declaration on Sunday and since then nearly 66,000 people have requested help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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