Monday, 15 August 2016 - 10:06
President Declares Emergency in Louisiana Floods: More than 18,000 Rescued From Cars and Homes
President Obama has approved a request from the governor of Louisiana for federal emergency funds to help the state recover from the historic floods that have caused at least three deaths and thousands of homes and cars to be submerged.
Approximately 18,000 people have been rescued so far from the flooding, Bryan Lee of the Louisiana State Police has confirmed.
"This evening, the President spoke with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to let him know that his request for an emergency declaration has been granted for the state's flood response and recovery efforts," White House Deputy Press Secretary Jen Friedman said in a statement, adding that "his prayers are with the people of Louisiana, and that his Administration will continue to support the state's ongoing recovery."