At least 7,000 rescued from floods
Louisiana’s governor says at least 7,000 people have been rescued so far due to widespread flooding in the state.
And another state official says more than 5,000 people are in government and Red Cross shelters.
Gov. John Bel Edwards says the number of fatalities hasn’t risen from the three dead reported on Saturday. One person is unaccounted for in St. Helena Parish.
He says cellphone outages are affecting rescuers’ ability to communicate with residents asking for help – and with each other.
Edwards says the storm that brought all the rain has "subsided in its intensity" but the flooding isn’t over. He says water is continuing to rise in some areas even though the sun is out.
The Ochsner Medical Center in Baton Rouge is evacuating some critically ill patients due to flooding in the area. The hospital says it’s assessing the impact of the weather and flooding, monitoring the water levels and keeping in contact with local and state officials.