Baton Rouge flooded after 20 in. rainfall

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Over 20 inches of rain fell in Southern Louisiana in just 24 hours starting late last week and the area is expecting about another inch over the next couple of days.

The massive flooding claiming the lives of five people and prompted a major disaster declaration.

Businesses along this major thoroughfare in Baton Rouge are all flooded out. This is a similar picture in pockets of neighborhoods near the area. 

More than a foot and a half of rain has overwhelmed the rivers and the creeks here and displaced thousands of people.

Entire communities around in Southern Louisiana submerged under flood waters from heavy rains that began late last week.

Hundreds of roads are closed and roadways are littered with cars abandoned after passengers had to evacuate. There have been thousands of people rescued over the weekend due to the rising waters. 

City officials stress the fact that this is still a significant flood event so nothing has changed from that. Those who are in your home and you’re in a safe location- that is the best place to be right now. 

Louisiana Governor issued a state of emergency and receiving federal assistance promises from President Obama. He said this is an ongoing event and asking for people to remain patient and compliant.

Obviously federal assistance is a relief for people here, but it is pretty limited.
First, you have to live in one of those four hardest hit parishes. You also have to live outside of a flood-zone where you were not required to have flood insurance. If you tick those boxes, you can be eligible for up to $33,000 in federal relief.
 

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