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Posted: August 21, 2016

Why is flooding in Louisiana being ignored?

SORRENTO, LA - AUGUST 17: Travis Guedry and his dog Ziggy glide through floodwaters keeping an eye out for people in need on August 17, 2016 in Sorrento, Louisiana. Tremendous downpours have resulted in disastrous flooding, responsible for at least seven deaths and thousands of homes being damaged. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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SORRENTO, LA - AUGUST 17: Travis Guedry and his dog Ziggy glide through floodwaters keeping an eye out for people in need on August 17, 2016 in Sorrento, Louisiana. Tremendous downpours have resulted in disastrous flooding, responsible for at least seven deaths and thousands of homes being damaged. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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By Briana Altergott

A disastrous flood began wreaking havoc in Louisiana two weeks ago.

Downpours dumped up to 30 inches of rain in some areas.

The floodwaters have damaged tens of thousands of homes, leaving many residents stranded or homeless.

More than a dozen people have been killed.

The Red Cross have called the disaster "the worst to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy."

But just by looking at national media coverage, you might not know it's even happening.

Many people noticed several major news outlets had failed to put even one story about the flooding on their home pages when it was at its worst over the weekend.

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President Barack Obama signed a major disaster declaration on Aug. 14, but as of Thursday morning, he had yet to make a public address, like he did with Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

The White House said Friday that Obama plans to travel to Baton Rouge on Tuesday.

As for other major politicians, as of Thursday, Hillary Clinton had mentioned the floods once in a tweet.

Donald Trump had said nothing until Friday, when he toured the flood-stricken regions of the state, spoke to people affected by the disaster and helped hand out relief supplies.

So why does it seem like no one is treating the flooding in Louisiana for what it truly is -- a disaster?

Officials in Louisiana have a few ideas.

"When you have a storm that is unnamed, it wasn't a tropical storm and it wasn't a hurricane, a lot of times people underestimate the impact it would have. But this is historic," Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards told reporters.

And a rep for the Federal Emergency Management Agency said, "You had the Olympics, you've got the election, and if you looked at the national news, you're probably only on the third or fourth page."

The Red Cross has estimated it will cost at least $30 million to repair the devastation in Louisiana once the floodwaters recede. The organization is encouraging donations.


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