Taylor Swift is donating $1 million to help Louisiana recover after some of the worst flooding in the state’s history killed at least 11 people and damaged more than 40,000 homes.
The 26-year-old Wildest Dreams singer confirmed the donation to the Associated Press, calling the crisis “heartbreaking” on Tuesday. “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,” Swift said in a statement to the news agency.
“I encourage those who can to help out and send your love and prayers their way during this devastating time,” she added.
Louisiana has been hit by as much as 2 feet of rain in 48 hours, with more than 30,000 people rescued since Friday, according to the AP. More than 60,000 people have registered for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and 20 parishes have been declared a major disaster area by the federal government, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said.