Taylor Swift donated $1 million Tuesday to flood recovery efforts in Louisiana after torrential rains caused massive flooding.
The internally renowned country-turned-pop singer was raised in Pennsylvania and Tennessee, but said the love she was shown by Louisiana residents during her kick-off performance of the "1989 World Tour" last year drove her to help out the tens of thousands of victims 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," the 26-year-old said in a statement. "I encourage those who can to help out and send your love and prayers their way during this devastating time."
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' office said 60,000 people have registered for disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Approximately 40,000 homes have been damaged by flooding and 30,000 people have been rescued since Friday. Rescue efforts are still underway.