St. Helena Parish: Another fatality as search crews recover body of woman

Severe flooding in St. Helena Parish

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UPDATE SUNDAY, AUG. 14: Officials in St. Helena Parish confirm that the body of a second flood victim has been recovered.

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Michael Martin with the St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office confirms that the body of a 40-year-old woman was recovered Saturday afternoon during a search effort.

The woman was one of three people who were in a vehicle on Hwy. 1045 in St. Helena Parish. At roughly 10 a.m. on Friday, the vehicle became submerged in water.

Crews located two of the occupants of the vehicle who were able to survive. The male survivor was found clinging to a tree and had been there for eight hours before he was located and rescued. The man's wife, however, did not survive.

VIDEO: Interview with Michael Martin of the St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office

There have been at least 210 rescues in St. Helena Parish thus far. Sadly, the first fatality was confirmed Friday evening after a three vehicles were found abandoned in St. Helena Parish flood waters.

The first fatality was also related to a vehicle that was submerged in water. According to the Louisiana State Police, crews and divers were searching for a car, pickup and 18-wheeler that reportedly fell in water when a portion of Hwy 10 at Darlings Creek gave way.

The vehicle of Samuel Muse, 54, of Greensburg, La was submerged.

"At this time, Troopers believe that Muse attempted to drive through high water and his vehicle was swept off the road.  At the time of the investigation, there were several feet of water crossing LA 10 and Muse's vehicle was not visible. The vehicle will be recovered once flood waters recede."

Four other people were rescued from the water.

The parish of St. Helena is under a curfew from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. until Monday, August 15.

RELATED: Boil water advisory in effect for St. Helena Parish


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