In the parishes around Baton Rouge, Louisiana, floodwaters are receding and the work of cleaning up has begun.
That effort will take some time — many residents have lost everything.
They’re getting help from a variety of federal, state, local agencies — along with volunteer groups and even businesses. All of them on the ground in the flood zone and working to get flood victims the assistance they need.
Across Southeastern Louisiana more than 60,000 homes damaged by flooding, but a network of relief is building across the region.
26,000 national guardsmen have been joined by volunteers from Americorps and other groups.
Fema has already approved $55 million dollars in temporary assistance plus $15 million dollars in advanced national flood insurance payments.
The Small Business Administration is setting up recovery centers. The Salvation Army has deployed mobile feeding trucks and tide is providing laundry services.
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama will visit the state.
Louisiana’s governor pushed back at critics who said the president should have come sooner.
“I asked them to let us get out of the response mode, where we were still conducting searches of houses and we were still making rescues. I didn’t want to divert the Police Officers, the Sheriff’s deputies the State Troopers and other essential resources and assets to providing security for the President,” said Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.
Edwards also expressed appreciation for Friday’s visit by Republican Presidential Nominee, Donald Trump.
“Because it helped to shine a spotlight on Louisiana and on the dire situation that we have here, that it was helpful,” said Edwards.