‘Historic’ flood in southern US WASHINGTON: Emergency workers in Louisiana have rescued more than 7,000 residents stranded in homes and cars during a historic flood, Governor John Bel Edwards said on Sunday.
Rescue crews worked through the night and into the day as deadly flooding that officials say has left at least three people dead and one missing continued to submerge large parts of the region on Sunday, three days after water-swelled streams and rivers began rising.
“This is a serious event,” Edwards said of the record floods he called “historic” on Saturday. “This is ongoing,” he added. “This is not over,” even with the rains lessening as they move west and the sun appearing in some flooded areas.
Local, state and national agencies have been working together to rescue residents. The Louisiana National Guard said in a statement that it had rescued nearly 500 people and 61 pets, including 15 rescues by air. The Coast Guard said its helicopters rescued more than 50 people from rooftops, vehicles and trailers on Saturday.
The heavy rains began on Friday, with between 6 and 10 inches of rain falling on parts of southeast Louisiana, and several more inches on Saturday, the National Weather Service said.