USDA offering assistance to Louisiana flood victims

Louisiana ag commissioner says state still in stabilization and rescue mode.

More than 20 in. of rain have fallen in southwest Louisiana since last week, and with more on the way, the full scope of damage due to historic flooding in the area won't become clear until the water recedes.

Many of the initial flooded areas drained back by Monday morning, but backwater flooding from nearby bayous and rivers caused other areas to become flooded.

"We're still in the stabilization and rescue mode now," Louisiana agriculture commissioner Mike Strain said. "Onc

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