Taylor Swift Donates $1 Million to Louisiana Flood Victims

“Bad Blood” singer offers aid after thousands of homes are destroyed and death toll rises to 11

Last Updated: August 17, 2016 @ 12:48 PM

Taylor Swift has pledged $1 million to the victims of the widespread floods that have devastated Louisiana.

Torrential rains Tuesday added to the horror in the state, as the death toll rose to 11, NBC News reported. A levee was overtopped in one parish, and more than three-quarters of the homes were lost in another parish, authorities said.

A total of 20 parishes are now listed in the federal disaster zone, with around 45,000 homes impacted.

While she is from Pennsylvania, Swift said she got such a warm welcome from the people of the Bayou State last year that she was prompted to reach out to them and help during the natural disaster.

“We began The 1989 World Tour in Louisiana, and the wonderful fans there made us feel completely at home. The fact that so many people in Louisiana have been forced out of their own homes this week is heartbreaking,” the 26-year-old pop star said in a statement to the Associated Press.

“I encourage those who can to help out and send your love and prayers their way during this devastating time,” she said.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office says more than 60,000 people have registered for disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after widespread flooding hit the state, according to the AP.