The photos show the devastating effect of recent flooding in rural northwest Louisiana following storms in neighboring Oklahoma and Texas. The storms, which killed at least 31 in total, have overwhelmed the region’s Red River, forcing many residents to evacuate their homes. Others have been left desperately trying to keep out the encroaching floodwater, while hundreds of buildings have had their power cut off.
The disaster, which has also affected acres of farmland, has prompted officials to recruit prisoners to unload and distribute sand bags in the area. And the flooding is not over yet – with the damage expected to spread as water continues to overwhelm the river. The total number of flooded buildings and farm acreage was unclear on Wednesday. About 15 of the flooded houses are in a subdivision where property prices range from an estimated $400,000 to nearly $1 million.