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.
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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.
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As rescue operations intensify across Louisiana following a massive flooding that battered the region, residents have taken to social media to ask for help and document just how devastated the state is.
Flooding photos on social media
Photos from Twitter showed private citizens on boats, as houses and cars are half-submerged in floodwaters. more >>
Torrential rainfall along the U.S. Gulf Coast has caused "historic" flooding across central and southern Louisiana, killing at least three people. Thousands of people have been rescued, and the governor has declared a state of emergency even as more rain is expected over the weekend.
Gov. John Bell Edwards, who had to leave the Governor's Mansion in Baton Rouge due to a flooded basement, told reporters Saturday that at least three people had died and more than 1,000 people had been rescued from homes, cars and trees. He called the floods "unprecedented, historic," according to The Associated Press.
An elderly man drowned after slipping and falling in high waters amid heavy rain in East Baton Rouge Parish; another man died when his pickup truck was swept off a flooded highway and submerged underwater in St. Helena Parish, and a woman was recovered from the Tickfaw River also in St. Helena Parish, according to ABC News, which said crews were working to rescue yet another person in the same parish, though they expect this person may have also died. more >>