20,000 people rescued, 5 dead in Louisiana Floods
MONROE, La —
A fifth person has been found dead in Louisiana. Officials there say a woman’s body was found in a flooded car late Sunday.
Governor John Bel Edwards said more than 10,000 people are in shelters and more than 20,000 people have been rescued since the flooding started.
Forecasters say there’s still a danger of more flooding across southern Louisiana as swollen rivers drain toward the Gulf of Mexico. The Amite and Comite rivers were among those hit with record flooding. Officials with the National Weather Service says the Amite River will crest Monday.
East Baton Rouge, Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes are declared federal disaster areas right now. The Governor plans to add more parishes to that list in the coming days.