Letter by attorney at Louisiana urge media broadcast flood disaster
A letter from a Baton Rouge attorney is going viral after her indictment on the national media’s response to flooding across the state of Louisiana.
Amid coverage of the Olympics and the election spectacle, you might have missed the horrible rainfall event in Louisiana. Like the events earlier this year in West Virginia and last year in South Carolina, these concentrated rains and floods are more frequent and more intense due to human-caused climate change. I wish we had more media reporting on these linkages because after the election we really need Congress to address this issue.
The federal government has declared a major disaster for Louisiana prior. Setting in motion the availability of several types of assistance for residents affected by floods in the parishes of Tangipahoa, St. Helena, East Baton Rouge and Livingston.
Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state emergency as heavy rains inundated southeast Louisiana. Edwards said he toured several parishes with a FEMA official and asked President Barack Obama to make the disaster declaration for the four parishes affected over the weekend. The governor expects additional parishes to be added as authorities assess the extent of the damage.