The horrific floods that started last Thursday in Louisiana may be the most devastating natural disaster to hit the U.S. since Sandy struck the East Coast in 2012. Then why aren't we hearing about it? Blame the election or the Olympics, but the media coverage is a stark contrast to the country’s fervent reaction to the devastation that Katrina had nearby in New Orleans.
“This is a very large disaster impacting tens of thousands of people,” said FEMA Administrator Chris Fugate during an appearance made alongside Governor John Bel Edwards on Wednesday. “Irregardless of what it may be getting in the national coverage, we know this has been a significant impact here in Louisiana.” Luckily for the tens of thousands of residents affected, the lawmakers who matter are treating the event with the attention due, including President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
Through the efforts of local first responders and The Red Cross, thousands have been rescued from the deadly high water. But as the images have come in over the past five days, it seems clear that a full recovery for the region is far off.