GOHSEP, LANG release new flood statistics
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana National Guard says more than 19,040 citizens and 2,660 pets were rescued in the first seven days that came after the start of this month’s historic flooding.
As of Thursday, the National Guard has distributed more than 250,220 MREs and 683,520 bottles of water. They also issued a total of 994,195 sandbags, 2,200 cots and 1,700 blankets during their support efforts.
More than 280 high-water vehicles, 55 boats, 11 bridge erection boats and nine helicopters were deployed during search and rescue operations.
13 people lost their lives in flood-related incidents. More than 11,000 people were in shelters at peak numbers with more than 2,600 individuals remaining in shelters as of Thursday.
GOHSEP estimates around 84,000 homes were damaged by floodwaters. 80,000 of those homes were located in Baton Rouge and immediately surrounding parishes.