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Breaking: Terrifying Louisiana Flood Catastrophe New Evacuation Warnings.

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Breaking: Terrifying Louisiana Flood Catastrophe New Evacuation Warnings.

Post by Harry on Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:02 am

Breaking: Terrifying Louisiana Flood Catastrophe New Evacuation Warnings.

More Cities to Drown. Thousands Flee Chaos.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 13:50

(Before It's News)

By Deborah Dupré

BREAKING: Louisiana’s catastrophic flood scene on Day 4 plummeted into death and extreme chaos, according to officials. More flash flooding is expected any moment in numerous heavily populated areas, a National Weather Service Alert warned at 3:30 CST. With 11 confirmed dead, heart wrenching pleas to help rescue loved ones stranded for over three days continue pouring onto social media pages. Some towns are nine feet under water. Urgent sobering warnings were posted by social media users earlier Tuesday, not to scare but instead, to remind local resisters, stayers, not to be complacent, even if their homes have never flooded in the past. This 1000-year flood is different. The Hurricane Katrina aftermath tragic chaos, however, is eerily similar.

“I cannot stress to our residents enough the magnitude of this situation,” Meredith Conger, Ascension Parish homeland security planning and intelligence officer, said in a statement Monday. “This type of historic flooding has never been seen before and we are not out of danger yet.”

READ: Apocalyptic Louisiana Flooding Updates: ‘LEAVE NOW!’ ‘DO NOT WAIT’ Warnings, ‘All Local Gages Rising’ Entire Cities Drowning.

Day 4 Heart wrenching Chaos

With over 30 inches of rainfall since Friday, at least 30,000 rescues, and a path of 40,000 homes destroyed thus far, Louisiana residents and others post heartfelt messages as they frantically try to get help tor stranded victims. Eleven deaths are confirmed. An untold number of people remain missing. Family members and friends still have no idea what has become of their loved ones, with no word over three days, no phone, electricity or WI-fi access in many places. Unknown is the number of survivors still in their attics awaiting rescue.

Tuesday morning, as the number of parishes in declared emergency states reached 30, frantic loved ones posted calls for help to rescue victims still known be stranded after waiting three days, without food or water. Others are posting messages regarding unaccounted victims left with no access to communication devices nor electricity in many cases, such as in hard-hit Denham Springs (Livingston Parish) just out of Baton Rouge, with a population of over 10,000.

(Above: Louisiana Flood Day-4 Post. Credit: Louisiana Flood Lost and Found, Facebook)

Disturbing messages indicate that officials are following the same MO as during Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath chaos: preventing volunteers with boats to rescue survivors after days of no food and water. Monday morning over 60 boats manned by local volunteers were forbidden to enter the water to make rescues.

{READ: Deadly Louisiana Flood Coverup. 16 Startling Truths]

Some areas continue to be off-limits to lay people, Good Samaritans, yet officials admit they cannot keep up to meet the demands of all the calls for rescue help.

Despite officials blocking rescues in some areas said to be dangerous, over 1000 civilians have succeeded in search and rescues, with more volunteering each hour.

“Redell Harris has been volunteering with his boat for four days, and he figures he has rescued about 300 people in that time. He is one of dozens of volunteers using social media to search for people who are trapped and need help,” reports the Washington Post.

“Though officials elsewhere had discouraged volunteers from freelancing, Maj. Lee Anderson of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office praised them. ‘They’re doing a good job,’ he said. ‘They’re getting a lot of people out.’”

Meanwhile, The Red Cross, FEMA’S official partner, explains why it cannot manage.

“This is an extremely chaotic situation right now, with life-threatening flood waters, power outages and road closures complicating relief efforts – as many local volunteers have also been directly affected by the flooding,” said Brad Kieserman, vice president, Disaster Services Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross. (Good4Utah)

“This is by far our largest sheltering effort in Louisiana since Hurricane Isaac, and the bulk of this staggering devastation is in areas that typically don’t experience flooding.”

The Louisiana flood ordeal reached a new level as waters throughout much of the southern part of the state climbed to unprecedented levels Tuesday. While the confirmed death toll has also risen to 11, still, countless other victims remain stranded and/or unaccounted.

The post directly above and others embedded earlier in this article are only a small percentage of such cries for help. Some shelters have had no records available for the public to check to see if loved ones are there. Volunteers near some of these are using makeshift registries to post for worried loved ones to see.

“I don’t know that we have a good handle on the number of people who are missing,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said, noting that many people possibly deemed missing are safe but unable to communicate with family members.

Louisiana National Guard reports over 3,300 members are helping with storm response, and as of Tuesday, it had rescued over 7,600 people and 1,200 pets.

Mississippi Levee Breach, Worst Yet To Come

The Mississippi Levee breached in at least one place, sending the Mighty Mississippi’s seemingly never-ending water into one part of south Louisiana. Other rivers are rising as much as three to four feet, expected to submerge entire cities and towns by tonight or early Wednesday morning. Millions are trying to flee with little more than the clothes on their backs. Many road and parts of major highways are closed.

At one point, some 1500 people were stranded in cars, some waiting over two days for rescue, food and water. Seventy miles of the main north-south artery through the state, the highway between Baton Rouge and Covington on New Orleans’ Northshore, were closed, with reportedly no way for anyone to reach them for over 24 hours. Dozens of other road closures remain in effect. New ones are added to the list as the day progresses.

By Tuesday night, another three to four feet of water is expected to drown more cities. Terrifying “LEAVE NOW” warnings are being passed to locals as water continues to rise. Such a warning for people in South Louisiana was posted regarding water rising in numerous regions.

Ascension Parish, among parishes especially hard-hit, braces for another hard hit before end of Tuesday. Nearly one-third of all homes in the parish have already been inundated, after floodwater overtopped a levee along the Amite River, the Baton Rouge Advocate says.

An Ascension Parish sheriff’s wife reportedly compiled the following list to warn locals. It was posted on the Facebook page, Louisiana Flood Lost and Found, heroically established and moderated by Erika Heaton.

((((SERIOUSLY Y’ALL DO NOT RISK IT BECAUSE YOU ARE SAFE AT THE MOMENT!!!! Water travels very very fast!!!!))))))

***ASCENSION PARISH***

(this is not meant to hype nor scare..please be prepared)

IF YOU’RE IN ST. AMANT OR SORRENTO, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER GETTING OUT. THERE IS FEAR OF ASCENSION PARISH FILLING UP WITH WATER.

***AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE POSTS BELOW, ALL LOCAL GAUGES ARE RISING***

SORRENTO: LA Hwy 22 at Airline Hwy is already covered and is not passable.
***Water is expected to rise in Sorrento another 3 to 4 feet per the Mayor of Sorrento and the entire city of Sorrento is expected to flood.***

ST AMANT: Same as Sorrento…if you’re still at home and have a ways of evacuating, PLEASE GET OUT NOW. DO NOT WAIT. The entire city of St Amant may get an additional 3 to 4 feet of water overnight.

GONZALES: Pretty much the same as above….please leave if you can. Even if the scenario mentioned above does not reach you, flooding from the Blind River will likely reach you over night or tomorrow.

ST GABRIEL/DUTCHTOWN/GEISMAR: Water is pouring over Alligator Bayou Road, slowly eroding Alligator Bayou Road into the swamp along Bluff Road. If you’re along Hwy 928, Hwy 74, Hwy 73, etc., PLEASE keep a close eye on your surroundings as these waters are flowing at an alarming rate through the lowest elevations first.

When it comes to the Lamar Dixon Expo Center, yes that is a pet friendly evacuation center, and yes we have heard chatter of the Lamar flooding, HOWEVER WE CANNOT CONFIRM THIS.

If you do not have water right now, do NOT get complacent….GET OUT. It does not matter if you’ve never flooded before. It does not matter if you did not flood in 1983. This is an event of historical proportions that no one alive has ever dealt with before.

Attempting to motivate stayers in Ascension Parish towns of Gonzales (population over 10,000) and Sorrento in (population over 1500) to immediately leave Tuesday, J.t. Flethcher posted early Tuesday afternoon:

‘Total Loss’ in 75% of Livingston Parish

Livingston Parish Sheriff’s page early Tues. Aug 16 provides an example of the battle officials are waging to manage the catastrophe, albeit predicted by climate scientists for years:
UPDATES:
*Sheriff Ard says water is rising in the Southeast areas of the parish (French Settlement, Killian, Port Vincent, and Maurepas).
*Water is starting to recede in the Denham Springs and Walker areas.
*Rescues are down to a minimum.
* 25 shelters are in place.
*About 4600 people are in shelters.
*Roughly 75% of the parish has experienced total loss.
*Power outages reported in the south Denham Springs area, Port Vincent, and Maurepas.
*Minor issues with looting in neighborhoods and stores are under control.
*Answering calls for assistance as fast as we can. We are still experiencing a backlog. You may still experience a busy signal because of the high volume of calls still coming in. 911 for real time emergencies, 686-3996 for all other calls for service.
*[ROAD] CLOSURES:
Hwy 63 S of I12
Hwy 22 Maurepas
441 S of I12
Hwy 42 Springfield
Juban
Range
Magnolia Bridge

“We’re going to have standing water all over south Louisiana,” Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards told CNN.

At 2:56 PM CDT Tuesday, the National Weather Service in New Orleans issued a report extending the Flood Warning for eight parishes including that of the state capitol, Baton Rouge:

Livingston Parish in southeastern Louisiana…
West Baton Rouge Parish in southeastern Louisiana…
northern St. James Parish in southeastern Louisiana…
northern St. John The Baptist Parish in southeastern Louisiana…
Pointe Coupee Parish in southeastern Louisiana…
Iberville Parish in southeastern Louisiana…
East Baton Rouge Parish in southeastern Louisiana…
Ascension Parish in southeastern Louisiana…

* until 300 PM CDT Wednesday

The report says the following locations are already experiencing or are expected to experience flooding… Baton Rouge… Zachary… Baker… Denham Springs… Gonzales… Donaldsonville… Plaquemine… Port Allen… New Roads… Krotz Springs… Melville… Oak Hills Place… far northern portions of Reserve… far northern portions
of LaPlace… St. Gabriel… Walker… Gramercy… Addis… Lutcher and Brusly.

“Backwater flooding continues to affect parishes with waterways that usually drain into the swollen Amite and Comite rivers as well as Lake Maurepas. Observations indicate that water is still slowly rising in these areas. As the water slowly rises… flooding could begin to impact areas as far southeast as portions of far northern
LaPlace that are generally along and around Interstate 10.

Backwater flooding continues impacting portions of Pointe Coupee and the West Bank of Iberville as runoff from heavy rainfall last week continues draining southward, according to the National Weather Service report.

Thirty minutes later, The National Weather in New Orleans issued a Flash Flood Warning for: West Baton Rouge Parish in southeastern Louisiana. Eastern West Feliciana Parish in southeastern Louisiana. Southeastern Pointe Coupee parish in southeastern Louisiana. Central Iberville Parish in southeastern Louisiana. Western East Baton Rouge Parish in southeastern Louisiana. East Feliciana Parish in southeastern Louisiana.

Remarkable courage of south Louisiana women and unmet survival needs are seen in posts such as this below.


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