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Louisiana flooding 'historic,' bishop reports

August 19, 2016

Bishop Robert Muench of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, says that flooding in that state has become "a life-changing event."

More than 40,000 homes have been damaged by the flood waters, and charitable organizations are struggling to find temporary shelter, food, and other necessities for families that have been forced to abandon their homes. The bishop praised volunteers who have "saved a lot of lives" by using boats to evacuate stranded residents.

"The extent and the scope is enormous and the effect is massive," Bishop Muench told Vatican Radio. Still he reported that morale has been "amazingly good-- even among those who have lost everything."

 
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