The flooding that has taken place the past week in Louisiana is said to be historic, devastating, and undoubtedly tragic. With over twenty inches of rain that fell on Monday, August 15, Governer John Bel Edwards called this an incident that has made history and a means for the community to work together to help rebuild their homes.

Another twenty inches of rain fell the following Tuesday, August 16. President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency and natural disaster for Baton Rouge and other portions of Louisiana, which made certain that the 40,000 residents who have asked for emergency assistance will be well taken care of in shelters across the state.

Thus far, 20,000 residents have been rescued along with over 1,000 pets. Dozens of shelters, including local churches and the Celtic Media Centre, are being heavily utilized to help the victims of this disaster. As the rain continues to fall and over 34,000 meters of the land are left without electricity, this is a relief effort that will take some time as well as a plethora of helping hands that hail from both near and far.

Those who have been unaffected by the disaster are thankfully using their time to help abate the consequences of this extensive rainfall. By donating food, working at the shelters, and donating thousands for when the homes are ready to be rebuilt, these individuals become local heroes who do not want the praise of being so. United States citizens are encouraged to help their fellow Americans in the wake of this tragedy by donating food, water, toiletries, and other acceptable donations. As the wet season continues ferociously with no end in sight, only time will tell what other prospective damage will wreak havoc on this state.

East Baton Rouge is currently experiencing one of the most devastating weather events that Louisiana can experience outside of a full-blown hurricane: historic flooding.

The past few days have already been dubbed the Louisiana Flood of 2016. There are many complex factors that led to this situation, but most simply, a slow moving low pressure weather system carrying massive amounts of rain clouds ultimately dumped more than two feed of rain throughout many parts of Louisiana.

Over the past two days, cities and communities throughout the state have been completely flooded out. Houses have been ruined and possessions have been lost. No city has been hit harder, however, than Baton Rouge.

Statistically, the amount that has fallen has been said to be “1,000 years worth of rain” throughout the entire state.

Due to frequent hurricanes and the floods that often accompany it, Louisiana officials and Baton Rouge residents initially felt as though they’d be able to handle the incoming storm when it first arrived Saturday morning at a.m. Unfortunately, they were wrong as rain continued to fall for the next 48 hours.

As usual, the atmospheric troubles that are currently plaguing Baton Rouge and New Orleans have been attributed to the weather effects throughout the Gulf. Similar situations can be seen throughout the Florida Gulf Coast, yet none to this point have been nearly as devastating as the flooding of Louisiana.

Do not be fooled, however, this storm that is currently over Baton Rouge and surrounding cities is more than just a rainstorm.

While there are characteristics missing preventing it from being classified as a tropical storm or hurricane, such as the iconic core cyclone of warmer temperature, there are still many more dangerous aspects to this storm. High winds are also damaging the surrounding areas and homes making it very dangerous for individuals to travel during particularly stormy hours.

In addition to rainfall, there has been flooding along the coast as the storm excites the gulf. Waves have been crashing along the coast line, causing flooding in the residential towns and cities along the area. Combined, these problems have caused a record level of flooding and damage to the area.

Such flooding is rarely seen and the potential monetary damage is similar to Katrina.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana is struggling with historic deadly flooding, which has caused the deaths of at least eight people, and according to Huffington Post, the emergency response system is strained and overwhelmed. Shelters are at capacity, causing some evacuees to be turned away and some to sleep on shelter floors. Emergency responders are stretched thin in rescue efforts, and the 911 system has been unresponsive at times due to phone line issues.

Over 21 inches of rain has fallen on Livingston Parish in less than 24 hours, adding to rain totals that have fallen since last Friday. The excessive rain has caused mass evacuations in and around Baton Rouge with emergency workers rescuing nearly 20,000 people from floodwaters. Thousands of residents are crowding shelters with nearly 3,000 people being housed at Celtic Studios, a movie studio in Baton Rouge. Even the Salvation Army shelter had to be evacuated due to six feet of water entering the building. Evacuees are being moved from one location to another as the flooding continues to effect more and more shelters.

High waters have also trapped drivers on Interstate 12 and parts of the Interstate have been shut down. Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a State of Emergency for the area last Friday, and on Sunday, President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration for East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena, and Tangipahoa Parishes.

Damage in the area is devastating. Authorities estimate that approximately 80 percent of the over 54,000 homes in Livingston Parish will be a total loss. As the waters recede, emergency crews will be going from house to house to determine any additional loss of life or damage.