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6,000 Remain in Shelters Following Deadly La. Flood

State officials say 6,000 people remained in shelters Wednesday, down from more than 11,000 earlier in the week.

It wasn’t immediately clear why the number has dropped: whether some who evacuated as a precaution didn’t get flooded or if others moved in with family and friends or returned to stay in damaged houses.

At an events facility in Ascension Parish, 1,100 animals remained sheltered.

More than 40,000 homes were damaged and at least 30,000 people and 1,400 pets were rescued as the storm hit parishes across south Louisiana with heavy rains and severe flooding.

The smell of muddy water hung heavy in the air as people began sorting through waterlogged belongings and ripping out carpets Wednesday in flood-wracked southern Louisiana, which now faces a long-term challenge of how to house thousands of displaced people.

More than 110 state highways remained closed Wednesday, along with even more local roadways.

Amid scattered reports of looting, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said parishes with widespread damage were being placed under curfew as of Tuesday night.

At least 11 people have died, and tens of thousands of businesses and homes have been damaged from flooding.

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