Taylor Swift has donated $1 million to help with relief following the terrible flooding in Louisiana.
The floods, which were caused by extreme torrential downpours, have left at least 11 people dead and many thousands more displaced without a home.
The flooding is said to be the worst in Louisiana’s history, with President Barak Obama declaring the state a disaster area, opening it up to federal aid by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Speaking to Associated Press, Swift said that she had felt welcomed by the state when she kicked off her “1989 World Tour” there last year.
“We began The 1989 World Tour in Louisiana, and the wonderful fans there made us feel completely at home,” she said in a statement. “The fact that so many people in Louisiana have been forced out of their own homes this week is heartbreaking.”
The mayor Central City, Louisiana, JR Shelton told press that the flood was one of “epic proportions.”
“When we talk about floods now, we’ll talk about the great flood of 2016,” he said. “Everything else pales in comparison.”
Local paper, The Advocate, has published devastating pictures that detail the before and after of the flooding in Baton Rouge, which has destroyed over 40,000 homes and businesses.
More than 30,000 people have been rescued since the flooding began on Friday, in what The National Weather Service has described as “a thousand-year disaster.”
Continuing in her statement, Swift said, “I encourage those who can to help out and send your love and prayers their way during this devastating time.”
We can’t comprehend the devastation in Louisiana, and our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected by this immense tragedy.
For more information on how you can help those affected, please visit the American Red Cross website.