U.S. president pledges to rebuild flood-ravaged Louisiana

We're grateful for the substantial federal help already deployed to suffering south Louisiana, which speaks well of the Federal Emergency Management Agency under Obama's administration.

"We are heartbroken by the loss of life", President Obama said during his visit to Baton Rouge.

President Barack Obama visited the area this week amid criticism that he waited too long to come. "Even after the TV cameras leave, the whole country is going to continue to support you and help you until we get folks back in their homes and lives are rebuilt".

Described as the worst disaster since Superstorm Sandy in 2012, a storm that started August 12 dumped as much as 2 feet of rain in some areas over two days, blamed for 13 deaths. So far, more than 115,000 residents have registered for FEMA assistance and $127 million has been distributed, which can help afford temporary housing or home repairs. The link is below if you wish to donate money.

"This is not a one-off. We have a lot of friends in the same situation", the mother told a reporter. Edwards said afterward that like many other areas that flooded this month, people in Youngsville, La., were in areas that had never flooded and didnt have to buy flood insurance. "That's down from a peak of 12,000", said Anita Foster, regional chief communications officer for the American Red Cross in Dallas.

Meanwhile, two Church meetinghouses - the Denham Springs Louisiana Stake center and the Windbourne meetinghouse - were severely damaged by several feet of flood water that destroyed flooring, pews, pianos and an organ. That's why a visit by a president to a disaster area is more than just a photo op, as Obama's defenders tried to suggest.

Mr Obama has been lampooned for not cutting short a two-week vacation in Martha's Vineyard to visit the Gulf Coast state.

The Republican candidate for the U.S. presidency, Donald Trump, toured the state on Friday.

We've had too many of these weather-related tragedies lately, and climate change is likely to bring us still more episodes of extreme weather. Volunteers across almost half of the state of Louisiana are helping thousands of people who have lost everything they own but the organization reports a significant gap in funds raised.

The White House said Obama would be looking at what more could be done.

"Hop into the plane and go down and go to Louisiana and see what's going on, because it's a mess".

"Nobody gives a hoot whether you're Democrat or Republican. What they care about is making sure.they start rebuilding as quick as possible".

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards cleared up any miscommunication between himself and the president.

By now, I figured at least a few dozen, if not more, of those displaced would be knocking on doors in Texas.

"They always bounce back, and that is very indicative of a people that have strong core values in community and in helping one another and that's how they get it done".

The White House said that while in Baton Rouge, Obama would meet with the family of Alton Sterling, a black man shot dead by white police officers in July and the families of officers of the Baton Rouge Police Department and East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office who were killed and injured in an attack that month.

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