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One Dead, One Still Missing in 500-Year Storm

13 Aug 2016, 4:10 am

Some of the worst flooding since Katrina hit Central and Southern Louisiana on Friday and the rain continues into Saturday Morning.  As of Friday night, a 68 year old man had lost his life and another man was still missing after being swept away with his son into flood waters; his son has been found safe, but the father is still missing.  The Governor of Louisiana John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency through September 10th for the Pelican State.
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Many rivers, creeks and streams will continue to rise and local officials are asking residents to stay away from flooded areas as flood waters can rise very quickly.  The Tickfaw River crested at a record level of 13.33 Ft. Friday in Liverpool.  The Comite and Tamite Rivers are expected to Crest this weekend and both are forecasted to be above record levels.

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The Previous records were recorded in 1983 when over 5000 homes in Livingston, East Baton Rogue and Ascension Parishes were under water.  This years crest could be up to 5 feet higher then it was back in 1983.

Some of the hardest hit areas in Southern Louisiana were in and around the Livingston area where over 17 inches of rainfall was reported.

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The flooding became so bad that caskets became unearthed in the St. Marks Cemetery in Walker, Louisiana. The flood waters rose quickly in Tangipahoa Parish where 72 people and 7 pets had to be rescued from the flood waters.  A curfew has been issued from Dusk til Dawn for Tangipahoa Parish.  Only rescue personnel and those traveling to and from work or those traveling for emergency situations will be allowed on the roads.

A Flash Flood Watch is out into Sunday morning for most of Louisiana and many areas were still under Flash Flood Warnings into late Friday Night.

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