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Tangipahoa, Washington Parish residents rescued from high water

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Nearly 300 people in Tangipahoa Parish were rescued or evacuated overnight as heavy rains associated with a large system moved through the area.

Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller said this morning residents in the Rufus Bankston Road area in Hammond and the Neil Road area in Loranger are the hardest hit.

Miller said those evacuated from their homes were taken to a school in the Natalbany area.

The school is not currently being used as a public shelter.

Miller said several agencies including the Tangipahoa Parish sheriff and fire departments along with the Louisiana State Police and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are working in concert to get residents to safety.

Conditions are deteriorated quickly in Washington Parish as well.

Washington Parish Emergency Preparedness Manager Thomas Thiebaud said the parish is seeing unprecedented flooding from this storm.

There have been high water rescues in the Bogalusa and Mt. Herman areas. Shelters will be opened soon in Bogalusa and Franklinton.

Thiebaud said nearly every stream and creek in the parish is rising and causing trouble to some degree. In 30 years he has never seen flood waters cross Highway 10.

Thiebaud urged residents to exercise extreme caution around their homes and home the roads. He said residents should pay close attention to streams, creeks and ditches to watch for rising water.

“We are seeing water cross highways in areas we haven’t seen before,” Thiebaud said. “If you don’t need to be on the road, don’t drive.”

Washington Parish authorities says they are currently doing water rescues in the Bogue Chitto Heights neighborhood  - west of Franklington. 

Authorities said there are a number of street closures including Highway 21, Highway 10, Highway 16, Highway 36 and Highway 62.  All are currently impassable.

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Mike Haley said all major highways in Washington Parish are experiencing some flooding. Roads between Bogalusa and Franklinton are currently impassable.

Parish officials are going door-to-door in some areas of the parish to check on residents and evacuate those in lower lying areas.

Haley said areas on the western side of the parish are hardest hit including the subdivision of Bogue Chitto Heights, where deputies are going door-to-door.

Officials are urging residents to stay home as long as conditions remain safe.

“Unless you are a parish official or law enforcement, everyone should stay home and off the roads,” Haley said. “We’re going to be okay, it’s just overwhelming.”

Bogalusa resident Dustin Carson says his neighborhood, behind Wal Mart on Ontario Road, is under water. Caswell Street., Pine Ridge, Avenue F, Willis Street. and Columbus Street are all under water.

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