Thousands of Flood-Weary Residents Face Total Loss

Louisiana Flooding Leaves Most Livingston Parish Residents Facing Total Loss, Sheriff Says

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Most residents of southeastern Louisiana’s Livingston Parish, in the Baton Rouge area, are facing total loss after days of deadly, devastating flooding, according to a local official.

Of the 54,000 homes in Livingston Parish, authorities estimate that 80 percent of residents will face a total loss when they return home, parish Sheriff Jason Ard told ABC News.

PHOTO: Ryan Evans walks along a flooded road, Aug. 15, 2016, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images Ryan Evans walks along a flooded road, Aug. 15, 2016, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

PHOTO: A Coast Guard crew searches by helicopter for people who may need assistance in flooded areas of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Aug. 15, 2016.

Melissa Leake/AFP/Getty Images A Coast Guard crew searches by helicopter for people who may need assistance in flooded areas of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Aug. 15, 2016.

In 24 hours, 21 inches of rain fell in Livingston Parish — just under the 24-hour state record of 22 inches, set in 1962.

About 30,000 people have been rescued from the floodwaters, and about 12,000 people are in shelters, officials said.

At least eight people have died.

President Barack Obama declared a federal emergency in the state on Sunday.

PHOTO: A boy rides his bike inside the flood damaged Life Tabernacle Church, Aug. 15, 2016, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images A boy rides his bike inside the flood damaged Life Tabernacle Church, Aug. 15, 2016, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

PHOTO: A flooded home is seen, Aug. 15, 2016, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images A flooded home is seen, Aug. 15, 2016, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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