BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) –
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After the heavy rains let up in some areas for a few hours, more showers are forecast to move up from the south Sunday morning, as evacuations and rescue operations continue across parts of Louisiana.
Gov. John Bel Edwards addressed the public around 11 a.m. Sunday. “This is no time to let the guard down,” he stressed. He asked that people avoid sightseeing. He said statewide, more than 7,000 people and more than 500 pets have been rescued. Unfortunately, there have been three deaths associated with the flooding. More than 5,000 people spent the Saturday night in shelters and capacity is being increased to take on more Sunday. Edwards asked that people continue to remain patient and heed warnings and advisories.
“If you don’t need to be out, please stay in your homes,” said Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of Louisiana State Police. He said emergency crews are making rescues with a focus on sustaining human life rather than quality of life.
Officials said the flooding numbers from this event have surpassed those in March. They added 1,700 National Guard soldiers have been mobilized in Louisiana and the number could grow to 2,000 or 2,500.
LIVINGSTON PARISH UPDATE: From the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. We received an overwhelming response from people who are doing okay during this weather event & want to volunteer time, equipment, services! If you are someone who can ‘Man’ a shelter, feed folks, have equipment to assist in certain areas of Livingston Parish…please call (225) 686-3066. *DO NOT use this line for assistance, this line does not connect with our rescue HQ – which is what you want.*
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