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Buffalo man living in the heart of the Louisiana flood

Posted at 11:24 PM, Aug 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-20 07:52:23-04

Western New York native Justin Haskell is now living in the heart of the Louisiana flooding.

"There was no way to prepare for it," Haskell said. "It came in an it hit hard."

Haskell and his family are safe, and so far haven't had to evacuate because their home is slightly elevated. Haskell says many of his friends haven't been as lucky.

"Because of the storm they have lost their homes," said Haskell. "These are people who have lived in the same home their entire adult life that's now underwater."

It's been almost a week since the rain and flooding started in Louisiana. Thirteen people have died, 20,000 have been rescued and 40,000 homes have been damaged. An estimated 80,000 people have applied for some type of FEMA aid.

"We've had two record-breaking floods so far this year because of weather."

Two American Red Cross volunteers from Western New York are now in Louisiana. Haskell says if flood waters kept rising, he would have had to evacuate.

"If it would have rained throughout Saturday and into Sunday, we would have had to evacuate, but I monitored it and if it would have kept rising, we would have had to get in our car and find somewhere to go."

CNN is reporting Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence are planning on touring damage Friday.

Organizations like the American Red Cross are accepting donations to help those in need.