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Louisiana flooding is 'major disaster,' governor says

Updated 11:53 AM ET, Wed August 31, 2016
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Baron Leblanc, left, and George Snyder move a refrigerator out of George's flooded home in St. Amant on Thursday, August 18. More than 30,000 people have been rescued in southern Louisiana after heavy rains caused flooding. "This is a major disaster," Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has said. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
A Virgin Mary statue is barely visible in front of a flooded home in St. Amant on August 18. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Flooding affects a chicken coop in Sorrento on August 17. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Kade Lewis helps gut his grandparents' home in Walker on Wednesday, August 17, after flooding. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Caskets float in floodwaters near a cemetery in Gonzales on August 17. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
A man talks on his phone while helping salvage items from a house in Denham Springs on August 17. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Gary Schexnayder stands in a flooded street in Sorrento as an early morning fog blankets the area August 17. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
David Key looks outside his flooded home in Prairieville on Tuesday, August 16. Max Becherer/AP
Raymond Lieteau waits for help to move a refrigerator as his friend Melissa Lockhart helps clean up the living room in his flood-damaged home in Baton Rouge on August 16. Lieteau had more than 5 feet of water in his home. Max Becherer/AP
Danny and Alys Messenger canoe away from their flooded home in Prairieville on August 16. Max Becherer/AP
A pickup truck is partially submerged in Port Vincent, Louisiana, on August 16. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Cattle are driven through a flooded road in Sorrento as they are herded to trucks on August 16. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
People sort through water-damaged products outside Jasmine's Beauty Supply in Baton Rouge on August 16. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
A man navigates a boat of rescued goats past a partially submerged car in Gonzales on August 16. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Noel Michael holds up a cell-phone photo of her flooded home in Livingston, Louisiana, on Monday, August 15. Max Becherer/AP
Ann Chapman, from the Louisiana State Animal Response Team, carries a dog she helped rescue in Baton Rouge on August 15. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Eli Turnage hands out water to people waiting in line at Carter's Supermarket in Livingston on August 15. Max Becherer/AP
A boy in Baton Rouge rides his bike inside the flood-damaged Life Tabernacle Church on August 15. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Ryan Evans makes his way through Baton Rouge on August 15. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Robert Enfinger and his wife, Michelle, spend the night in a church that had been turned into an evacuation shelter in Walker. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Tracy Thornton walks to his house through a flooded neighborhood in Baton Rouge on August 15. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Floodwaters surround prefabricated houses in Denham Springs on August 15. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Evacuees spend time together at the church shelter in Walker on August 15. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
An American flag hangs in floodwaters in Walker on August 15. Max Becherer/AP
Danielle Blount and her 3-month-old baby, Ember, wait to be rescued by the Louisiana Army National Guard near Walker on Sunday, August 14. Max Becherer/AP
Members of the Louisiana Army National Guard help people near Walker on August 14. Max Becherer/AP
Youngsville police Chief Rickey Boudreaux takes a break from helping flood victims to view the damage to his own home on August 14. Scott Clause/AP
Jennifer Bernard and her dog, Shelby, travel by kayak down the flooded streets of Youngsville on August 14. Scott Clause/The Layfayette Advertiser/AP
Floodwaters inundate a street in Youngsville on August 14. Scott Clause/The Layfayette Advertiser/AP
A girl takes her horse out on a dry road near Walker on August 14. Max Becherer/AP
Emergency personnel rescue flood victims near Walker on August 14. Max Becherer/AP
Those displaced by the flooding wait to board National Guard trucks at a Denham Springs church on August 14. Max Becherer/AP
Residents evacuate Hammond, Louisiana, with food in ice chests on Saturday, August 13. Max Becherer/AP
Floodwaters overwhelm businesses in Hammond on August 13. Max Becherer/AP
Jeff Robinson lowers a ladder from a National Guard truck as his wife wades through floodwaters near their home in Baptist, Louisiana, on August 13. Rogelio V. Solis/AP
An aerial view of flood-damaged homes in Hammond on August 13. Max Becherer/AP
Tammie Wise holds her dog, Mikey, after Jeffrey Lesage helped rescue them in Central, Louisiana, on August 13. Travis Spradling/AP
A resident wades through floodwaters at apartments near Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Brianna Paciorka/The Advocate/AP
A firefighter brings luggage to hotel guests during an evacuation of the Fairfield Inn in Lafayette, Louisiana, on August 13. Brad Kemp/The Advocate/AP
People ride an all-terrain vehicle through a flooded neighborhood in Carencro, Louisiana, on August 13. Scott Clause/AP
The Tangipahoa River overflows near the towns of Amite, Independence, Tickfaw and Robert on August 13. Ted Jackson/The Times-Picayune/AP
Officials close down an exit off Interstate 55 south in Independence as floodwaters creep closer to the highway on August 13. Rogelio V. Solis/AP
Jeremy and Chelsea LeMieux paddle through floodwaters in Carencro on August 13. Scott Clause/The Lafayette Advertiser/AP
Rescue personnel and civilians team up to pull people from their homes along the Tangipahoa River on August 13. Ted Jackson/The Times-Picayune/AP
Cattle huddle together in floodwaters near Hammond on August 13. Max Becherer/AP
A firefighter helps a resident in Baton Rouge on Friday, August 12. Gerald Herbert/AP