People get gas on boats while traversing a flooded neighborhood in Sorrento, LA.
After three days of rain totaling over 25 inches, most of Southern and Central Louisiana is submerged in water. So far, over 40,000 homes have been damaged, 11 people have died, and the relief effort to rescue more than 30,000 people has exceeded that of Hurricane Katrina. Officials have already deemed Louisiana's flooding the worst natural disaster in America since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
The historic flooding is unprecedented in Louisiana, but it unfortunately follows a trend that other states in the South have encountered in recent years. Experts estimate that Louisiana's flooding occurs every 500 to 1,000 years in some parishes and they also claim it's the byproduct of climate change. As the waters recede, people are beginning to return to their homes and assess the devastation. Ahead are pictures that demonstrate just how dire the situation is.