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Clinton issues statement on La. flooding

Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton issued a statement Friday on the Louisiana flooding and the flood relief effort on her Facebook page.

"The flooding there is bigger than anyone expected," said the statement. "More than 40,000 homes have been damaged and more than 100,000 people have been affected. My heart breaks for Louisiana."

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Clinton and Republican Candidate Donald Trump had been conspicuous by their lack of comments on the flooding in Louisiana until Friday.

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Trump interrupted his campaign to make a visit to Baton Rouge Friday. A few hours into that visit, Clinton released her statement. She had previously had a two-line Tweet on Aug. 16.

"Right now, the relief effort can't afford any distractions," said the statement.

There has been criticism of the national news coverage of the flood, widely believed to be the worst natural disaster in the U.S. since Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

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The lack of coverage has been so noticeable that several news organizations have done stories on the lack of stories. Former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather had a pointed critique on Facebook, his second such rant about people ignoring the plight of those in the Baton Rouge and surrounding areas.

President Barack Obama has also received criticism for lack of an on-camera comment or a visit.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said Thursday that he'd just as soon Obama wait a while to visit due to the amount of resources he said it would take from the recovery effort.