From BBC NEWS.com:
Louisiana floods a ‘crisis of climate change’ say Greens
The Green Party presidential candidate has described the flooding in the US state of Louisiana as “a crisis of climate change”.
Dr Jill Stein spoke as she surveyed the wreckage from the disaster, which has killed at least 13 people and displaced thousands more.
A week on, more than 2,800 people remain in shelters unable to return to their wrecked homes.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump also visited this week.
President Barack Obama has been criticised for not breaking off his holiday last week but he will come on Tuesday.
Dr Stein stood in front of a home gutted by the rains in Denham Springs to deliver her message on global warming.
“We see the Louisiana flood as further evidence of the global crisis posed by climate change,” the Green Party released in a statement.
“Until we humans make global sweeping changes to our economic and social systems, we must expect these types of disasters to continue regularly.”
Green Party of Louisiana statement on the flood
In the aftermath of the historic flooding in Louisiana, we in the Green Party of Louisiana extend our deepest condolences to all of our fellow Louisianians who have suffered loss because of the tragedy.
During these times, we are reminded of our ability to overcome calamities by overcoming our differences.
Louisiana Flood of 2016: Watch aerial video of flooding in Baton Rouge Woodlawn area
Drone footage from Atmosphere Aerial captured flooding Monday (Aug. 15) near Tiger Bend and Jones Creek roads in Baton Rouge’s Woodlawn area.
Green Party of Louisiana
For immediate release:
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Ryan Hargis, Secretary, Green Party of Louisiana
(504) 613-4224, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are currently supporting several grassroots groups, such as TogetherBR (https://togetherbr.nationbuilder.com/donate ), North Baton Rouge Disaster Relief (https://www.gofundme.com/northbatonrouge ) and Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (https://www.facebook.com/MutualAidDisasterRelief ) in their efforts to provide emergency aid to flood victims.
We also remind flood victims to start FEMA and insurance processing as soon as possible to help avoid potential delays as were experienced in the wake of Katrina.
To make a FEMA claim, visit this website: http://www.disasterassistance.gov
As Greens, we see the Louisiana flood as further evidence of the global crisis posed by climate change. The flood comes on the heels of the hottest month ever recorded and is the eighth “500 year” rain event in the U.S this year. Until humans make global, sweeping changes to our economic and social systems, we must expect these types of disasters to continue regularly. The Green Party of Louisiana calls for the rapid elimination of the fossil fuel economy.
Furthermore, we recognize what was so apparent during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina — the unjust reality that those most greatly affected by these disasters are too often the poor and peoples of color. The floods have displaced people of different races, ethnicities, and economic status.
Louisiana Greens said that, in light of the neglect and expulsion of Black residents from New Orleans after Katrina, the flood poses a challenge for relief efforts to show that all lives matter. The recovery will be unfair and uneven if we don’t fight. The Green Party of Louisiana will fight for equitable insurance payouts and assistance for all affected residents and against the vultures of disaster capitalism.
“For all the strong Louisianans out there, the ones rescuing, volunteering, surviving, and thriving, you represent what it truly means to be human and what it means to be good,” said Simone Crochet, Green Party member and resident of Houma, Louisiana.
WE LOST EVERYTHING!! HISTORIC FLOOD BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
We lost everything during the historic flood in Louisiana! Our house, cars and every personal belonging are under water. We appreciate your support, anything will help us through this tough time.Thanks all!
Donald Trump, who has repeatedly called climate change a “hoax,” helped volunteers unload aid supplies from the back of truck near the town of Baton Rouge.
Surrounded by members of the media and a small gathering of locals, he attended church and gave encouragement to people he met.
“You’re going to rebuild,” he said to one passer-by. “It’s going to be so beautiful.”
Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, has taken to Facebook to voice her sympathy for victims.
“My heart breaks for Louisiana,” she said in a statement. She has declined to visit the area to avoid disrupting relief efforts, she said.
The difficult process of rebuilding flooded homes is only just beginning, as waters continue to recede.
Disaster relief centres have been set up in the towns of Baton Rouge, Amite and St Francisville.
Tens of thousands of people are looking for housing, after more than 40,000 homes were damaged.
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Louisiana Flood of 2016: Watch flooding in Baton Rouge
Drone footage from Atmosphere Aerial captured flooding Monday (Aug. 15) near Interstate 12 and Millerville Road in Baton Rouge.
Green Party’s Jill Stein visits Baton Rouge
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Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein arrived in Baton Rouge on Sunday (Aug. 21) to visit the flood-struck region and assist with relief efforts for residents, according to a news release. She planned to stay through Monday (Aug. 22) and said via Twitter that she would live-stream her activities in Denham Springs that morning from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Facebook.
On Sunday, Stein said she was scheduled to meet with Louisiana Green Party officials to receive an update on the flooding’s impacts and discuss how her campaign might help mobilize more aid resources. For Monday, she pledged to help Green Party volunteers gut houses and stave off water damage in affected areas.
The news release also said Stein would discuss her experiences later in the week at a press conference in Washington DC, highlighting the need for emergency action on climate change.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump visited the area on Friday.