Louisiana Flood Victims Upset Regarding Lack Of Mainstream Media Coverage

August 22, 2016  |  

Since the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, the state of Louisiana has yet to be faced with such an occurrence of a frequent tidal surge. Until now.

Recently, destructive floods have swept Baton Rouge, displacing thousands and destroying communities made up of homes and businesses. With nearly 20,000 residents left sifting through whatever they can salvage and trying to pick up the pieces, many are upset with the lack of national media coverage of the devastation caused by the flooding and those affected.

While many swept the happening somewhat under the rug, Huffington Post reporter Jacques Morel visited the state, speaking with residents who were dealing with the aftermath of the storm.

20-year-old St. Amant native Cody Bourgeois spoke candidly, explaining his feelings of disappointment towards the mainstream media. “I think we should be getting more national coverage,” he told Morel. Bourgeois went on to say that he did see a few reports, but the fact that coverage of local residents affected by the storm was limited didn’t sit well with him. “The other day I saw that CNN posted [and] the only thing they said was an actor from Baton Rouge loses his home due to flooding and all they did was focus on him.”  “You see celebrities getting more coverage than we are right now,” he continued. “They didn’t focus on all the heartbreak going around this city, all the others and thousands of people that have been losing their homes.”

Nevertheless, Borgeois did say that although he was displeased with the news coverage, he and many others have comfort in their Louisiana community. “Every time you get a big flood or you get a hurricane, we all just come together,” he said. “And after the recent events that have been going on across the nation especially in Baton Rouge, with all the police shootings and all, I feel happy to see everyone finally coming together after such dark times for a city like this.”

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