Livingston Parish officials institute curfew during historic flooding event

Livingston Parish officials institute curfew during historic flooding event
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Livingston Parish officials have instituted a curfew as storms rolling through the parish is causing historic flooding.

"We have a lot of flooding in areas that typically do not get water due to the significant rain fall," said Parish President Layton Ricks.

The entire parish is under a curfew from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. as Ricks expects for it to only get worse overnight into Saturday.

"I know water from Tangipahoa, St. Helena Parish is beginning to make its way south. So I look for the southern part of the parish to start getting impacted [Saturday] even more so than they are [Friday]," Ricks said.

"I've never seen anything like this. It's very nerve wracking and very stressful," he added

The town of Walker is seeing some of the worst of the flooding. To make matters worse, the Walker Police Department is currently without phone service.

"We actually have a little water in the police department and had to unplug some things to keep people in our office safe," said Capt. John Sharp with Walker Police Department.

They ask people to call the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office for all non-emergency calls. The number is (225) 686-2241. The sheriff's office is dispatching calls for service to Walker first responders.

Officials are also urging the public to stay off the roadway.

"Most of the residential streets within city limits have water on them. Our advice and our request is to ask everyone to stay off the roadway," Sharp said. "There are people who are fighting to keep water out of their homes. There are people who want to drive down the roads and see the water, but that's pushing water into people's homes."

In the Town of Livingston, the police chief said much of the town had taken on water, including many who are out of flood zone.

"I've been working here 30 years and I've never seen water like this in the Town of Livingston," said Livingston Chief Randy Dufrene.

For those who are taking water in their homes and are in need of emergency shelter, United Methodist Church in Denham Springs and River Side Baptist Church in Watson are taking people in.

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