Homeowner Janet Knox tells WAFB News that she was thrilled to find the June 21,1942 edition of the 'Morning Advocate' newspaper for its national news, but more so for the highlights of local people and businesses. Knox says, "I would love to see if some of these people, if they're still alive." Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced that the latest flooding disaster is likely to cost more than $8 billion. Damage estimates are still being conducted, so he says that number is expected to rise. In a letter sent to President Obama this week, Edwards asks for more funding to help Louisiana get back on its feet after being ravaged by two major floods in March and August. In the letter Edwards writes, "The overall effect of these two events will have long-lasting effects on the already fragile economy of Louisiana, and a shift of this cost share would be a significant part of our recovery." Edwards is hoping to get the flood funding secured before Congress breaks for recess in October.
Silver Lining in Devastating Louisiana Floods
Last month's devastating flooding in Louisiana is considered by experts as the worst natural disaster in the US since Hurricane Sandy struck four years ago. Brad Kieserman of the Red Cross says, "Thousands of people in Louisiana have lost everything they own and need our help." But one woman in Baton Rouge found a time capsule of sorts tucked into a partially gutted wall of her flooded home, providing a tiny bright spot in such dark times.