Deadly Flooding Louisiana: State Of Emergency Declared As Thousands Are Evacuated

A state of emergency has been declared in Louisiana due to an “unprecedented, historic” amount of rain that has fallen in the deep south. The Guardian reports that members of the National Guard have been activated in order to rescue and evacuate as many people as possible before more rain falls in the area, causing even worse flood conditions. So far, over 1,o00 people have been evacuated from their homes and two people have lost their lives in the major flooding event. According to Governor John Bel Edwards, the storm is not over.

“This is an ongoing event. We’re still in response mode.”

Governor Edwards has been sure to alert people that their past experiences with bad weather should mean nothing when it comes to evacuations being ordered. Many times, the government will issue an evacuation order that will go ignored by many people, forcing them to be rescued when the storms become more than they anticipated. Edwards wants to be clear that when an evacuation is given, it is for the safety of the people involved. It is not ordered just to be a nuisance.

On Friday, up to 10 inches of rain had fallen in parts of Louisiana. Up to another 10 inches is being forecast for the same areas through this evening. As was seen during Hurricane Katrina, draining of large amounts of rain is almost an impossibility. With nowhere for the rain to go, the streets quickly flood which can lead to a dangerous and potentially deadly situation. Aside from Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi are being pummeled by the same amount of rainfall and having to deal with flooding of their own.

People who have lived in the area their whole lives have never experienced anything like they are seeing right now with this Louisiana flood. Leroy Hansford lives in Beaver Creek and he commented about how quickly their house was flooded out on Friday and Saturday.

“We woke up and the water kept on coming. It came up to my waist.”

According to Hansford, his wife has lived in Beaver Creek for 48 years and the current water level is the highest she has ever experienced.

People living in Baker, Louisiana, have stated that in order to get to shelters set up by the Red Cross, they had to navigate through flooded streets that were snake infested. One of these residents, John Mitchell, swam to safe ground with his pit bull after his family was rescued by law enforcement.

“This is the worst it’s been, ever. We tried to wait it out, but we had to get out. People are keeping it together better than I thought they would.”

Another resident who needed to be rescued, Shanita Angrum, commented about the snakes in the water as she tried to make it to dry ground. Angrum was forced to call for help on Friday morning when she discovered that her family was trapped inside their home by floodwater. Angrum’s 6-year-old daughter was carried out of their house by a police officer while she and her husband waded through the water.

“Snakes were everywhere. The whole time I was just praying for God to make sure me and my family were OK.”

Both Angrum and Mitchell believe that most of their possessions have been destroyed.

How long do you think it will take the flooded areas of Louisiana to recover?

[Photo by Max Becherer/AP Photo]