BATON ROUGE, La. — U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump toured flood-battered Louisiana on Friday, shrugging off the Democratic state governor's plea for politicians not to stop in areas affected by deadly rains.
President Barack Obama said he was also eager for a firsthand look at the damage done by floods that damaged more than 40,000 homes and killed at least 13 people, announcing plans to visit Baton Rouge on Tuesday.
Obama's travel requires a massive retinue of Secret Service agents and assistance from local and state law enforcement officials, so the White House usually waits to visit disaster zones to avoid tying up police and emergency resources needed elsewhere. more >>
Churches in Louisiana where historic flooding has claimed 13 lives and left thousands homeless are now pleading for help as they try to recover from the deadly disaster.
"Within 36 hours, more than 27 inches of rain fell in Baker, just northeast of Baton Rouge, and directly into the Amite River. In less time, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers were serving survivors with compassion in the face of crisis. They are right now delivering clean, safe water, warm nutritious meals and the love of Christ as they seek to advance the Gospel," said an appeal on the website of the Southern Baptist Convention.
"You can help the survivors, and the disaster relief volunteers providing aid, today with a generous gift that will help bring healing and the hope of the Gospel. Please prayerfully consider how you can help now," it urged. more >>
As thousands of homes have been impacted by the torrential rainfall this weekend in Louisiana and Mississippi, leading social conservative activist Tony Perkins has shared his own story of how he and his family were forced to evacuate their home with over 10 feet of water sitting in their way.
As the Red Cross is calling the flooding in Louisiana the "worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy," Perkins, the president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council and a resident of the Bayou State, spoke as a guest on his own Washington Watch radio program Tuesday and explained how much devastation has been caused by the flooding.
Considering that over 40,000 homes have been impacted and over 20,000 people have been evacuated, Perkins, who was on vacation for a couple weeks and was planning to soon return to work in Washington, explained that the disaster of "near biblical proportions" has kept him from returning. more >>
To escape the summer heat wave, the cockroaches in NYC have started flying.
Experts say that cockroaches are capable of flying and lately, the heat wave is giving them reasons to use their wings. There has been a lot of sightings of flying cockroaches in NYC, especially this summer with temperatures reaching up to 90s and even triple digits in some parts of the US.
'Flying' Cockroaches Trying to Get Comfortable more >>
Intense temperatures in the 90s will continue to prevail in Washington D.C. until Wednesday. Excessive heat warning from noon to 8:00 p.m. will remain to take effect.
The extreme temperature in Washington D.C. will cool down starting Monday; however, the heat index could still hit 110 degrees during the afternoon hours. The nation's capital will continue to see intense temperatures in the 90s until Wednesday. more >>
The punishing summer heat wave in Los Angeles County in California will continue this week.
The heat wave will reportedly continue until Wednesday this week, with some areas in LA County to reach as high as 108F. Officials say that the ongoing heat wave might result in possible wildfires, heat strokes among people and other heat-related conditions.
LA County Heat Wave Causes more >>