• President Barack Obama is greeted as he tours Castle Place, a flood-damaged area of Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. Obama is making his first visit to flood-ravaged southern Louisiana as he attempts to assure the many thousands who have suffered damage to their homes, schools and businesses that his administration has made their recovery a priority. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Crews hauling away debris as Louisiana cleanup continues

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Heavy trucks and their works crews have begun hauling away mounds of moldy carpet, warped flooring and water-damaged furniture as south Louisiana digs out from flooding the governor estimated Tuesday had wrecked more than 100,000 homes.

  • President Barack Obama is greeted by, from left, Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Sen. David Vitter, R-La. after arriving on Air Force One at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport in Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. Obama is traveling to the area to survey the flood damage. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Obama visits flood-damaged Louisiana in show of support

    ZACHARY, La. (AP) — Standing amid piles of waterlogged debris, President Barack Obama on Tuesday promised a sustained national effort to rebuild flood-ravaged southern Louisiana “even after the TV cameras leave” on a visit aimed in part at stemming campaign-season criticism that he’s been slow to respond to the disaster.

  • President Barack Obama is greeted as he tours Castle Place, a flood-damaged area of Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. Obama is making his first visit to flood-ravaged southern Louisiana as he attempts to assure the many thousands who have suffered damage to their homes, schools and businesses that his administration has made their recovery a priority. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    The Latest: Obama _ nation ‘heartbroken’ by Louisiana flood

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on Louisiana Flooding (all times local):

  • Laura Sutton, center, the wife of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection firefighter Nick Sutton, joins others at a rally calling for shorter hours and higher wages to retain firefighters, at the Capitol, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. Statistics provided to The Associated Press show vacancy rates exceeding 15 percent in some CaliFire positions. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    California firefighters stretched thin as blazes sweep state

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s state fire department is stretched thin just as the bone-dry state enters the peak of its wildfire season, with vacancy rates exceeding 15 percent for some firefighters and supervisors. The vacancy rate is more than 10 percent for some fire engine drivers, according to statistics provided to The Associated Press.

  • People look at the threatening sky as stormy weather delays the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 ,in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

    NASCAR Sprint Cup race stopped due to rain

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — The Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway was stopped because of continuing bad weather in the area.

  • Standing water closes roads in Sorrento, La., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016.  Louisiana continues to dig itself out from devastating floods, with search parties going door to door looking for survivors or bodies trapped by flooding.  (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

    Search for living, dead: Louisiana fights back from flooding

    ST. AMANT, La. (AP) — Flood-weary residents cleaned out houses Saturday as search parties went door to door looking for survivors or bodies trapped by flooding so powerful in some cases it disturbed the dead and sent caskets floating from cemeteries.

  • A growing pile of debris sits outside the flood-ravaged home of Carolyn and James Smith in Denham Springs, La. on Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016. Smith says she and four other adults will live for the time being in the travel trailer that one of her sons towed to the driveway after weekend flooding inundated the area. (AP Photo/Kevin McGill)

    Amid Louisiana flood disaster, youngest bear mental scars

    DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) — After floods devastated pockets of south Louisiana, mental scars are already showing on the youngest victims of a disaster that prompted more than 30,000 rescues and left an estimated 40,000 homes damaged.

  • A wildfire flares up near Cajon Boulevard in Devore, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (David Pardo/The Daily Press via AP)

    Crews make major gains against Southern California wildfire

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Lisa Gregory has kept a close eye on the weather since fleeing her home in the woods as a wildfire advanced in Southern California. She doesn’t know when she can return or whether her house was still standing.

  • Brandon Scott, left, helps Dexter Smith move furniture out of his home after flooding Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, in Crosby, Miss. Mississippi officials say heavy rains last week and through the weekend damaged roads in six counties in the southern part of the state. (Justin Sellers/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)

    The Latest: Power being restored throughout south Louisiana

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on flooding in southern Louisiana (all times local):

  • Amanda Burge looks at flood damage with two of her three children Aiden, right, and Hudson, left, at her home in Denham Springs, La., Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. "Everything is gone. School is gone. Home is gone. Church is gone," said Burge, president of the Parent Teacher Organization at Denham Springs Elementary School. (AP Photo/Michael Kunzelman)

    Baton Rouge’s summer of grief: Shootings, unrest, now floods

    DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) — Michelle Parrott’s children hear thunder when there is no storm. When rain does fall, they ask their mother if the floodwaters are rising again.