3 Dead in Louisiana Flooding
Louisiana state officials are urging all residents to evacuate several areas as emergency crews work to rescue stranded locals from a dangerous, widespread flood.
More than 1,000 individuals have been rescued, but three people have been left dead.
During a press conference on Saturday, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a state of emergency, labeling the flood as “unprecedented” and “historic.” He warned residents that there will be more to come.
“This is certainly not over. The rain continues to fall in the areas that have been most impacted already… We don’t know how much wide the water is going to get in these areas,” Edwards said.
According to the National Weather Service, 6-10 inches of rain fell in parts of southeast Louisiana and more than 11 inches dropped in Baton Rouge. Forecasters predict a turn in the system with parts of central and north Louisiana facing heavy rain into early next week.
Officials say that Livingston Parish received the most rain, with hundreds of motorists left stranded along the local interstate. Local sheriffs say although thousands have been rescued, the numbers are still climbing.
“We are working around the clock. There is still a backlog of folks waiting for us to get to them. Doing best as we can as fast as we can,” a spokesperson from the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook.
The Louisiana National Guard reports that more than 1,000 rescue personnel and 170 high-waters have been mobilized to assist with efforts.
Additionally, the U.S. Coast Guard is utilizing helicopters to rescue residents from cars, trailers and rooftops.
People who are close to the floods have been sending out pictures of it on social media.
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