At least five people have died as a result of floodwaters that continue to rise following heavy rainfall that started Tuesday.
Among the dead were a 6-year-old boy and a 63-year-old man from Louisiana. With Bossier City under water, as many as 3,500 homes were given orders for mandatory evacuation. However, some of the residents were unable to get out. Rescue teams are scouring the area, getting people to higher ground.
In excess of 20 inches of rain fell across the red river from Shreveport, resulting in sections of the highway being washed away. The National Guard has been called for assistance. “Thirty years I’ve been here, it is probably epic, probably the worst,” Captain Mike Carman said. “And with what we have coming in it is probably going to be more.”
Davyon Hill, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s office in Shreveport, said, “It’s not over with. There’s still part of a low pressure system that’s in Central Texas that is moving this way and overnight it will likely bring another bout of rain to the region.” He added that while the skies have started getting clearer, he doesn’t expect that the worst is over, as reported by the Washington Post.
The extreme weather prompted Governor John Bel Edwards to issue a statewide emergency on Thursday, which will remain in effect until Friday, in all 64 parishes. There is more rain expected in the state.
CBS News reports that the severe conditions stem from a weather pattern bringing moisture in to Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas. This is resulting to severe thunderstorms and rainfall. “It just came very fast, very sudden,” said Stephen Hamm, adding, “Everyone is pretty much prepared for a complete and total loss. Nobody on this street even has flood insurance because this never happens in this neighborhood.”