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Seven dead, 30,000 rescued in record Louisiana floods

Seven dead, 30,000 rescued in record Louisiana floods

UNITED STATES: Louisiana faced epic flooding today (Aug 16), with seven people killed and thousands evacuated to emergency shelters after waterways in the southern part of the state overflowed their banks.

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By AFP

Tuesday 16 August 2016, 02:41PM


A man walks to his house through a flooded neighbourhood in Baton Rouge. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP

A man walks to his house through a flooded neighbourhood in Baton Rouge. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Some areas have received more than 50 centimetres of rain since last Thursday (Aug 11), submerging vast swaths of southern Louisiana in muddy waters.

“Our state is currently experiencing a historic flooding event that is breaking every record,” Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said in a statement early today.

“This event is ongoing, it is not over,” he said. “We do not know when the floodwaters will recede, and they will continue to rise in some areas.”

About 30,000 people had been rescued, including a 78-year-old woman who spent a night in a tree, Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col Mike Edmonson told CNN.

There were 14,000 people staying in shelters, mostly in the state capital Baton Rouge and surrounding communities, he said.

Police said the Louisiana National Guard would assist evacuees in the massive shelters, which included a Baton Rouge film studio complex and an entertainment centre in the city’s downtown area.

A helicopter survey early today by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office showed large areas of submerged land. Muddy water covered roads, forested areas, and residential zones, cars and even the better part of some dwellings.

Seven people were confirmed dead, Edmonson said, noting the toll could rise in coming days.

“Once the water recedes, all these homes that are completely covered with water, we got to go to every single one of those and go inside of them and check for anybody who might be in those areas,” he told CNN.

Some 40,000 homes and business were reported without power.

The White House declared four parishes – equivalent to counties in other states – major disaster areas.

“I fully expect that more parishes will be added to the declaration on a rolling basis,” Edwards said.

Floodwaters appeared to be receding in some areas, but were flowing into others. The National Weather Service continued to issue flood warnings in effect through early today, saying water in many areas would not recede at least for another day.

The Amite River, the source of flooding for many areas, had risen 4.3 metres above flood level in one reading, besting a previous record flood in April 1983, the NWS said.

The agency forecast the river would not fall below flood level until tomorrow (Aug 17).

Officials reported that hundreds of roads, mostly in the southern parts of the state, were closed.

“That’s going to be the case over the next couple of days,” Edwards said.

In some areas, clean-up work was already beginning. Members of the Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge dumped water-damaged pews on a growing pile outside.

Inside, a young boy rode his bicycle around the now-empty church.

The White House action makes emergency federal funding available to support rescue crews and recovery efforts.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency yesterday began asking those affected by the floods to apply for assistance, and officials said 11,000 people had already registered early in the day.

The American Red Cross said it was responding to the disaster, which it called the worst since Superstorm Sandy flooded coastal areas in New York and New Jersey in 2012.

Many parishes in Louisiana were collecting donations for flood victims, including food, water, blankets, school uniforms, bedding and hygiene products.

In Plaquemines Parish, officials said two airboat teams working in East Baton Rouge rescued more than 200 people and pets over a 24-hour period.

The Louisiana National Guard reported that its soldiers rescued nearly 500 people and 61 pets in the 24 hours between Friday and Saturday, by boat, helicopter and high-water (high-clearance) vehicles.

“We’ve literally had hundreds of people who’ve brought boats in and have wanted to help,” Edmonson said.

In one dramatic rescue in Baton Rouge captured on video, rescuers on a boat pulled a woman from a car that had just slipped under water.

The woman shouts, “Oh my God, I’m drowning!”

A rescuer jumps into the murky brown water and pulls her out by the arm.

When she tries to dive under for her dog, the rescuer goes underwater and reappears holding the animal.

The NWS said other areas of the United States faced threats of flash floods this week – from the Texas coast all the way up to the Ohio River Valley.

The storms threatening Texas are part of the same system that has deluged Louisiana, although it is now less potent, said NWS meteorologist Gavin Phillips.

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