Deadly Louisiana flooding reach record height this morning Aug 14.
NBC reported that more than 7,000 people were rescued from their homes after floods swept across the state and that even with rain subsiding there were still dangers.
Louisiana Governor John Edwards stated the incident wasn’t over
“The water’s going to rise in many areas. It’s no time to let the guard down.”
More than 5,000 people stayed in Red Cross and government shelters Saturday night, Department of Children & Family Services Secretary Marketa Garner Walters added.The flooding left three people dead, and a fourth person was reported missing in the floodwaters in St. Helena’s Parish, officials reported. The nursing homes there had to be immediately evacuated. The heavy rain began on Friday, with between 6 and 10 inches of rain falling on parts of southeast Louisiana. Several more inches fell Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
In a 24-hour period, Baton Rouge had as much as 11 inches, according to The Associated Press. Residents in affected areas were warned to stay in their homes unless they’re told to evacuate. “Even a typical afternoon summer thunderstorm has the potential to cause flooding,” Edwards said.