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Newspaper to Obama: End Vacation, Visit Louisiana Flood

| by Sarah Zimmerman
National Guard assists rescue efforts in LouisianaNational Guard assists rescue efforts in Louisiana

Louisiana's largest newspaper had strong words for President Barack Obama, telling him to end his vacation in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, and visit the catastrophic flood sites. 

"Now that the flood waters ravaging Louisiana are receding, it's time for President Barack Obama to visit the most anguished state in the union," said Baton Rouge's The Advocate in an editorial, reports USA Today. "Last week, as torrential rains brought death, destruction and misery to Louisiana, the president continued his vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, a playground for the posh and and well-connected."

Louisiana has been engulfed by an unprecedented amount of rainfall, leading to catastrophic flooding. Around 6.9 trillion tons of rainfall hit the state in one week alone, according to CNN. More than 40,000 homes have been damaged in some way due to the flooding. The death toll currently stands at 12 and more than 20,000 people and 1,000 pets have been rescued through the collective effort of the Coast Guard, the National Guard and citizens. 

Obama has declared the state to be a disaster zone, according to USA Today, and is sending federal aid. The Advocate is asking for more from the president.

"[If Obama can] interrupt his vacation for a swanky fundraiser for fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton, as he did on Monday, then surely he can make time to show up for a catastrophe that’s displaced thousands."

The president isn't the only politician staying silent on the issue. Presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival Donald Trump have yet to make any formal acknowledgement of the flooding, except for one tweet by Clinton.

"Closely monitoring the flooding in Louisiana & Mississippi," said Clinton in the tweet. "The Red Cross is helping displaced families in need."

USA Today notes that both candidates weighed in on previous tragedies, including the shootings in San Bernardino, California, and in Orlando, Florida, through tweets and official statements from the campaign.

It is unclear whether the president or either presidential candidate has plans to visit the flood-ravaged state in the near future.

Sources: USA Today (2), CNN / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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