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Louisiana governor: 40K homes impacted by floods

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Louisiana's governor says at least 40,000 homes have been impacted by the historic floods in the southern part of the state.
   Gov. John Bel Edwards said during a news conference Tuesday that the state is entering a recovery phase while also continuing search and rescue missions in other places. He says well over 20,000 people have been rescued. More than 8,000 are staying in shelters, but that number is fluctuating as people arrive and leave the shelters.
   Edwards spoke after meeting with FEMA administrator Craig Fugate. The head of FEMA says the agency understands that the state is suffering through a "very large disaster" even though it might not be getting a lot of attention in the news.
   At least eight people have died in the floods, which started Friday when a torrent of about 2 feet of rain inundated the state.

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