Louisiana Floods Damage 60,000 Homes, Trigger Housing Crisis

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A boat is maneuvered past a flooded home on August 17, 2016 in Sorrento, Louisiana.  (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

On Friday, the Red Cross declared the recent flooding in Louisiana the worst natural disaster in the U.S. since Hurricane Sandy. With echoes of 2005's Hurricane Katrina, emergency crews in boats rescued stranded residents and people waded through waist-high water in their homes. The rain has damaged an estimated 60,000 homes and over 100,000 people have applied for federal aid as FEMA officials struggle to supply temporary housing. Both President Obama, who will visit the area on Tuesday, and the media have been criticized for not paying enough attention to the crisis. In this segment, we'll check in on the disaster and get an update on recovery efforts.

Guests:

Adam Sobel, professor of Climate and Atmospheric Science, Columbia University; author of "Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our
Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future"

Sue Lincoln, reporter, WRKF Public Radio in Baton Rouge

Brad Kieserman, Vice President of Disaster Service Operations and Logistics, American Red Cross

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