Published Aug 16, 2016Following the destruction and loss caused by torrential rains in Louisiana over the last week, U.S. pop star Taylor Swift has announced she'll be donating $1 million USD to help with flood relief.
The act of philanthropy was announced today (August 16), with Swift explaining that one of the reasons she's donating the money is that the state had previously been kind to her, having acted as the springboard for the U.S. portion of her massive "1989 World Tour" in 2015. Swift had played in both Bossier City and Baton Rouge.
"We began The 1989 World Tour in Louisiana, and the wonderful fans there made us feel completely at home," Swift said in a statement to Associated Press. "The fact that so many people in Louisiana have been forced out of their own homes this week is heartbreaking."
The flooding in Louisiana has been reported to be some of the worst in the state's history. At least 40,000 homes have been damaged. While 30,000 people have been rescued over the last week, 11 people have died. According to the Governor's office, 60,000 people have registered for disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
"I encourage those who can to help out and send your love and prayers their way during this devastating time," Swift added of the situation.
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