More than a decade after hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana, the impoverished state finds itself in yet another natural emergency, once again as a result of historic floods, which have led to more than 7,000 people being rescued from their homes. The flooding has left at least three people dead, and a fourth person was reported missing in the floodwaters in St. Helena’s Parish, officials said.
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. “The water’s going to rise in many areas. It’s no time to let the guard down.”
In a 24-hour period, Baton Rouge had as much as 11 inches, according to The Associated Press.
And while officials said on Sunday that the rain had subsided, dangers loomed. “It’s not over,” said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Sunday cited by NBC, who previously declared a state of emergency and called the floods “unprecedented” and “historic.” Edwards said Sunday he didn’t know how many homes had been damaged in the state, but “it’s in the thousands,” he said.
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