Driving through neighborhoods where pools of water still stand outside and families are ripping out carpets and carrying water-logged sofas to the curb, the searchers are looking for houses with little activity. In many areas the water is still so high that people are rowing boats out to their houses to see what the situation is like inside.
“It is devastation, absolute devastation. I mean these homes, there are areas that have not flooded. They never flood and they flooded,” said Stacey Rand of the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s office. “It caught everyone by surprise.”
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