BATON ROUGE, La. — From a Louisiana perspective, national coverage of this week’s massive and historic flooding has seemed a bit barren, though in fairness many Louisiana residents are without the power or the time to be able to accurately gauge how much attention their plight is receiving.
Leave it to a sports guy to finally shine a lot on the situation.
ESPN SportsCenter host Scott Van Pelt addressed the floods with a segment on his Monday night show, seen here.
“Since the flooding isn’t the result of a hurricane, it feels like the scope and hurt of the loss isn’t being particularly well-reported,” Van Pelt noted.
Miles thanked Van Pelt for the attention during Tuesday’s press conference.
“Besides being media, he’s a fine man,” Miles said playfully.
Miles also passed on thanks to local media in Baton Rouge for keeping citizens as aware of the ever-changing flood conditions.
“They’ve been on the air around-the-clock trying to steer our population and keep them safe. Thirty thousand people have been rescued,” Miles said. “I have seen the style of people that extend themselves and do their job better than it can be done at times like this.”
He also praised those on the ground getting people to safety.
“First responders, police, firefighters, rescuers of all kinds are involved,” Miles said. “I’m proud to be part of this community. It’s wonderful to call Baton Rouge home.”