In Louisiana, Many of Those Killed Were Trying to Drive Away

Death toll in flooding at 13, with more rain on the way
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2016 7:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – The forecast in Louisiana Thursday calls for precisely what the state doesn't need: more rain. As Louisiana reels from catastrophic flooding, the National Weather Service warns that heavy rain could trigger flash floods around the state, reports NBC News. Related coverage:

  • The death toll is now at 13, and at least seven were found in their vehicles or nearby them after bailing out. One 55-year-old man, however, tried to wait out the storm from his perch atop a mobile home before apparently being swept away. He was found two days later. The Advocate of Baton Rouge rounds up stories.

  • This disaster came after 12 days of unrelenting rain, and a composite video captures what that looks like on satellite maps. The Times-Picayune has more details on what led to the flooding.
  • This video at nola.com has a minute of aerial footage of the flooding.
  • Thousands are newly homeless, the state's biggest such crunch since Hurricane Katrina. The AP takes a look.
  • Did the national media underplay this story? A Times-Picayune story suggests so, and the public editor of the New York Times took her newspaper to task for its early coverage.
  • "America Is Ignoring Another Natural Disaster Near the Gulf" is the damning headline atop this piece at the Atlantic.
(Read more Louisiana stories.)

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