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Louisiana in ruins after more flooding from Harvey

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Standing on the worn, concrete porch of a red brick home in a neighborhood on the outskirts of Lake Charles, which was hit hard by Tropical Storm Harvey in August, Laura Carroll and her mother and grandmother sobbed.

Cara Kent-Wise, who lived here before she and Carroll moved in, has come for days to mourn the loss of her pets — four dogs and two cats in her trailer.

“My husband, I don’t know why he stayed,” she said. “He said he’d never do it again. And when he did, I said I’d never do it again,” she added, tearing up and catching her breath. “And now I can’t do it again.”

In this tiny tract, three single-wide mobile homes and several adjacent duplexes, there were no leaky roofs or battered windows — just the shock and pain of flooded floors and shattered mirrors that showed the floodwaters that first gushed through in October before slowly receding.

Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler last month said the damage wrought by Harvey in that part of Louisiana was “just mind-boggling.” State officials said it was one of the most severe areas in the state.

Waters topped 50 inches in places, by most estimates. In the space of a week, Mr. Schedler said, 21,000 parcels of property along the coastline were destroyed. His office had already received nearly 9,000 reports of flooding in the United States from the last two months.

“And this isn’t even in Louisiana,” Mr. Schedler said. “That includes Brazoria County, which was devastated by Harvey as well.”

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