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Posted: Saturday, 13 August 2016 12:07PM

Gov: Major disaster spreads across Louisiana, 1000 rescued



Flooding is spreading from Tangipahoa Parish to the west impacting areas of greater Baton Rouge and beyond. 

Officials are responding to a growing disaster across much of the state as the low pressure system that has brought all of this rain slowly moves to the west.

Intense rainfall and rising rivers are both flooding one area after another.
    
"This is a major disaster, it is an ongoing event," Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced.

He is urging people to remain in their homes if they can because it is not safe to be on the roads.  

Agencies including the Louisiana National Guard had already rescued more than 1,000 people as of this morning.

"The Louisiana Guard has about a thousand soldiers on mission in the state of Louisiana.  We have about 170 high water vehicles, about 20 boats and five helicopters," according to Major General Glenn H. Curtis.

Edwards says they have pulled people from homes and vehicles and other places.

"They have been clinging to trees and other things in swift moving flood waters."


State Police Lt. Doug Cain says more than 100 roads are flooded including portions of interstates.

Cain announced, "(There are) critical highway closures on I-10, I-55 and I-12."

Click here to see the road closures...

Edwards warns for areas west of greater New Orleans, all the way to Texas, this is going to get worse
before it gets better.

He insisted people are going to see homes flood that have never ever flooded before as rivers are going to crest at levels beyond previous records.

"We want to impress upon them that this is extremely dangerous," the governor said.

There are two confirmed drowning deaths so far in Louisiana.

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