The devastating flooding around Baton Rouge, La., is causing massive damage to homes and property. It’s also keeping window installers busy as they try to stay ahead of a disaster that some fear could rival Hurricane Katrina in many areas.
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“There are certain parishes down here where almost 70 percent of the houses are flooded,” said Jacob Roland of Window World Baton Rouge. “It’s a pretty big mess.”

At least eight people have died in the flooding, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Brandon Hollie, owner of Relief Windows in Baton Rouge. “I was down here after Katrina, but the magnitude of this is devastating. It’s kind of hard to even put into words. This isn’t just a town. This is like a 60-mile radius.”

The flooding in Louisiana dumped as much as two feet of rain on parts of the state in about 48 hours. According to the National Weather Service’s Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center, it was the equivalent of a 1,000-year storm, the Times-Picayune reports.

The water is still rising in some areas, Hollie said.

“There’s still a lot of stuff we can’t even see,” he said. “We can’t get around. I still have some employees I can’t get a hold of. I know we’ve probably lost four houses in our company. There are some places that are still rising.”

Roland said he’s seen houses near Window World’s offices that are under water up to the second story.

“ It’s going to keep us busy,” Roland said. “We’re going to be slammed. We’ve dealt with this before. We’ve been around since before Hurricane Katrina. We’ve had a lot of storms come through, and we’re able to handle it. Our phones are already getting flooded. We have 20 installation crews running at the moment .”

Twelve parishes in Louisiana have been declared disaster areas, and more could join the list.

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  1. My house got 20″ of flood water and my windows were partially submerged . Are my windows damaged.?

    Denham Springs

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