This August 14, 2016 US Coast Guard handout photo shows Coast Guard personel bringing in a boat to evacuate residents from floodwaters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Emergency crews in flood-devastated Louisiana have rescued more than 20,000 people after catastrophic inundations that left at least five dead, news reports said August 15. As many as 10,000 people are living in shelters after a weekend of torrential rains that has prompted the federal government to declare a disaster, according to Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards. / AFP PHOTO / US Coast Guard / Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon GILES / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / US COAST GUARD / Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS PETTY OFFICER 3RD CLASS BRANDON /AFP/Getty Images

By Elisabeth Q. Prescott

The recent flooding of the Baton Rouge and surrounding communities has ravaged property, devastated lives, and impacted businesses.  Much of the legal discussion surrounding the flooding in Louisiana will inevitably involve the ins and outs of flood insurance and FEMA assistance.  However, there are other legal implications of the floods that