CENTRAL, LA (WAFB) - Central officials put a curfew in place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. as emergency crews conducted high water rescues, pulling people from flooded areas on Friday.
It happened in as instant. Shainia Collins said she was in her home one minute and the next she was grabbing what she could, being whisked away by first responders.
She said it's not how she expected to spend her Friday night.
"No, actually at first it just was kind of raining and it started to flood a little bit, but then all of a sudden we started seeing our neighbors in the big truck leaving," Collins said.
She arrived with a large group at Zoar Baptist Church. Around 50 to 60 people who are fleeing the flood waters choose to spend Friday night at the shelter.
Volunteers at the church said they were honored to help those in need.
"We are hoping that they will realize that we love them and we care for them because Jesus loves them and cares for them and we hope to provide them a safe warm place as long as necessary," said Dennis McAnally.
From towels to a warm meal, sometimes it's the smallest things that have the biggest impact when your life has been so drastically changed without warning.
"When you go through something like that it's kind of a shock because you don't expect it," said Charles Watson.
"I do appreciate all their efforts because this could have ended really badly if they didn't come and help us out," Collins said.
And while some may dwell on the devastation, she is thankful, having escaped with what matters most.
"As long as you get out of your house safe, you have your life, you have your children and your family, that's all that matters," Collins said. "I can replace everything that might be damaged or destroyed, but I can't replace people so that's what's important."
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