MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It hasn't even been a week since the rain began to fall in south Louisiana. Now, more than 20 thousand people have been rescued from the flood waters after up to 30 inches of rain fell in many areas around Baton Rouge.
The images coming from our neighbors to the west are heart-wrenching. Lives of so many families have been severely impacted. Homes and businesses have incurred heavy damage and at least 7 people have lost their lives.
We are so thankful for the first responders and private citizens who braved the rising waters to save so many. The firefighters, law enforcement, hospital staffs, the Red Cross, and many others all working together to help.
President Obama officially granted a major disaster declaration request for several parishes on Sunday. This along with the compelling images of devastation, tell all of us that it will take months possibly years for those affected to pick up all the pieces.
You may be asking what you can do to help. Well, we have a solution, WSFA 12 News is working with the American Red Cross to assist flood victims in the recovery with a FLOOD RELIEF DRIVE. It's Wednesday from 10:30am to 7 p.m. You will be able to call and make a donation to those who desperately need your assistance the most. We will give out the phone number in our newscasts!