Louisiana Gov. on flooding: ‘People are just starting to pay attention’

BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana officials say an estimated 60,000 homes have been damaged by massive flooding that swept through the southern part of the state.

Mike Steele, spokesman for the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said Saturday that 102,000 people have also registered for federal assistance.

He says authorities are still assessing damage to homes and that number could fluctuate.

Louisiana Gov. Edwards: 'People are just starting to pay attention'

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says people around the U.S. are just starting to pay attention to the extent of flooding that killed at least 13 people in the state.

Edwards tells CNN's "State of the Nation" on Sunday that the disaster has received less attention because it wasn't a hurricane or named storm.

Edwards, a Democrat who took office this year, says he suggested to President Barack Obama and presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett that they delay a trip to Louisiana until the initial disaster response was over and recovery efforts had started.

Obama is traveling to Baton Rouge on Tuesday.

Recovery efforts continue

The state is slowly digging itself out from a massive flood that swept through last weekend.

Louisiana officials are setting up a temporary bus system to help people in and around Baton Rouge whose vehicles were damaged by flooding.

Mike Steele, spokesman for the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, says Sunday that two disaster recovery centers also have opened in areas that flooded in south Louisiana. He says more will open as buildings are found with enough parking and proper access for people with disabilities.

Steele says more than $30 million in federal housing assistance has been approved for residents in the state. About 3,200 people remain in shelters.