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UPDATE WED., AUG. 17 - 3 a.m.: The City of Baton Rouge, Parish of East Baton Rouge (City-Parish) has activated its debris removal contract in response to the recent flooding in the Baton Rouge area. Click here for more
UPDATE TUES., AUG. 16 - 9 p.m.: From the director of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Mike Manning: "Conservatively, we would be looking at about 500,000 pounds or more" of lost food and supplies. Manning says the best way for people to help is: "Dollars are best at this point. We are using volunteers to help us clean the warehouse to access surviving food inventory. Our focus is getting the food we have out to those in need and getting more food in to distribute."
UPDATE TUES., AUG. 16 - 4:30 p.m.: CATS service will be suspended at 10 p.m. Tuesday night because of the curfew in place in East Baton Rouge parish. Buses will begin returning to the hubs from their routes around 9:30 p.m. Riders with questions are encouraged to call customer care at 225.389.8282.
UPDATE TUES., AUG. 16 - 4:15 p.m.: Mayor Holden is asking residents with debris that needs to be collected to be patient with the collection process and follow instructions for how and where to place their debris. Residents of impacted areas are asked to place any storm-generated debris on the public right-of-way for collection if they are safely able to do so. The public right-of-way is the area of residential property that extends from the street to the sidewalk, ditch, utility pole, or easement.
Residents are urged to separate the debris as follows:
- Construction and demolition debris (damaged components of buildings and structures such lumber and wood, wall board, glass, metal, roofing materials, tile, furnishings, and fixtures)
- Household hazardous waste (materials that are ignitable, reactive, toxic or corrosive such as paints, cleaners, pesticides, etc.)
- White goods (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, heat pumps, ovens, ranges, washing machines, clothes dryers, and water heaters)
- Electronic waste (computers, televisions, office electronic equipment, etc.)
- Vegetative debris (whole trees, tree stumps, tree branches, tree trunks, and other leafy material)
Do not place debris near a water meter vault, fire hydrant, or any other above-ground utility. Until further notice, only debris placed on the public right-of-way will be eligible for collection. The attached diagram provides residents with a visual overview of the proper method to set debris on the right-of-way. Debris collection crews will make multiple passes through impacted areas. If residents cannot safely set out debris at this time, or if debris collection contractors cannot safely enter submerged areas, additional debris removal passes will be scheduled in the near future.
A curfew is in place for residents in EBR Parish. It will begin at 10 p.m. Tuesday and continue until 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Things are slowly returning back to normal for those in East Baton Rouge Parish. Sadly, as the water goes down, officials are finding more than debris.
Five people died due to flooding. The latest victim was William "Bill" Borne, the former CEO and founder of Amedisys, a home health services company.
Borne's body was found off of Hoo Shoo Too Road, which is located near the Amite River. Much of the flooding in that area was caused by overflow of the Amite and backflow of its tributaries.
The Amite River began to crest early Monday morning.
For those in the Central area, life is slowly going back to normal as many residents were able to get to their homes Monday night and Tuesday morning. When they returned, however, the streets were lined with personal belongings as people had to part with countless items that hold sentimental value, disposing of them on the curb.
Students will have a long wait before they get the chance to go back to classes. One school was heavily damaged and officials with the Central Community School System say that school will be postponed for at least two weeks.
EBR Parish Schools will also have a delay. Officials say students will not return to campus until Monday, August 22.
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Rescue operations are still underway as high water remains in many parts of East Baton Rouge Parish. Officials anticipate the door to door search will continue for as long as another week. Officials area asking volunteer boat rescuers to coordinate with emergency officials before going out. They say volunteers can become a hindrance if they do not work with official emergency crews.
The good news, however, is that it appears the worst is over for the vast majority of residents. Those living close to Bayou Manchac should continue to monitor water levels.
Those who managed to escape the flood waters have been shuffled around from various shelters. Some areas of the parish issued voluntary evacuations Saturday afternoon.
Four major shelters house the majority of flood victims. They are located at Southern University, the LSU Field House, Celtic Studios and the Baton Rouge River Center.
Those with four legs are also being cared for at many shelter locations. A Mobile
"We work closely with our partners such as the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to ensure that anyone who evacuates to a shelter that accepts pets has the accommodations needed. For many people, their pets are like family and they don't want to evacuate without them. We do not want anyone putting themselves in harm's way because they can't leave their pet behind," said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.
The troubles for the outlying areas of the parish began early Friday morning. A school bus loaded with children went off the road and the front in was covered with water. Witnesses say the students had to escape out of the emergency exit of the bus.
Flooding within the city limits of Baton Rouge was also experienced. In fact, the Governor's Mansion basement flooded Friday and Gov. John Bel Edwards and his family have been relocated.