The National Weather Service recorded 12.44 inches of rainfall in Lake Charles. All area residents who suffered flood damage are encouraged to fill out the Louisiana Disaster Damage Self-Report Survey at damage.la.gov.

Obviously, state officials are trying to get an idea as to how widespread the flood damage is and who is impacted. The info collected with then be channeled to local and state authorities so they can get a grip on what we need in the way of help.

Please fill out this survey to report damage to your home and urge others to do the same. Please note this survey is for residential structures only, no vehicles, barns, carports, fences, etc. Pictures are worth a 1,000 words. Make sure any images you provide are clear, and use the comments field to describe what's in your photo so everything makes sense.

Thankfully, Governor John Bel Edwards declared a State of Emergency Monday, which allows residents to benefit from state resources to be used to aid local storm response efforts.

Edwards said of the latest disaster to hit Louisiana, “We are only a few weeks away from the start of hurricane season, but this threat is the latest in a string of recent weather threats that remind us of the importance of preparedness and staying informed.”

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