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A historic flood event continues to put pressure on some areas of south Louisiana that have never experienced before. The deadly flood waters has already claimed the lives of seven people.
As of around 5 p.m. on Monday, the National Guard provided the following updates:
People in Ascension Parish are bracing for higher water and preparing to possibly leave their homes, as a voluntary evacuation is in place for some parts.
The situation in Ascension Parish worsened overnight as the Amite River began to crest. Officials say some areas will get worse before they get better.
Late Sunday and early Monday morning residents in St. Amant, Galvez, the lake area, and Henderson Bayou, saw an increase of water. Many roadways in those areas are now closed.
Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley says those in the Alligator Bayou area and Bridge Road area should expect to see things get a little worse in the coming hours.
They said they are putting sand bags at doors and picking up important items. They are worried about how high the water will get.
Many said they didn't expect anything like what they are seeing. Some people have stayed and said they are not leaving.
Galvez, Gonzales, and Sorrento are other areas under a voluntary evacuation order.
EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH:
The condition for those in the central and southern part of the parish has seen a slight improvement with water receding in some areas. Residents, however, are not in the clear just yet.
Several major shelters have been established throughout the city. Southern University, Celtic Studios and the Baton Rouge River Center have all been established as shelters.
Bayou Manchac is causing problems for residents in this area. Although the parish escaped much of the flooding caused by the initial rain event, overflow from the Amite River began causing problems Sunday evening.