VIDEO: Fresh Evacuations Ordered in Flood-Hit Louisiana

Thu Aug 18, 2016 16:24:11

Authorities in a community in southern Louisiana were on Thursday calling for residents to evacuate their homes amid rising flood waters there.

The Gueydan fire chief said there was an area in Vermillion Parish that's outside the levee system and urged residents to evacuate.

The evacuation call affected about 60 to 70 homes. The flooding that struck the Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas has left at least 13 people dead and damaged an estimated 40,000 homes.

More than 30,000 people were rescued, and at least 70,000 registered for federal disaster assistance. At the height of the crisis, 11,000 people were in shelters, though that figured dropped to 6,000 by Wednesday.

Vermillion Parish is south of the area where most of the damage and evacuations occurred.

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