Historic flooding claims at least 13 victims

Historic flooding claims life of sixth flood victim

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Facial reconstruction technology was used to identify the body of a flood victim who was located in Denham Springs.

Officials with Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office confirm that William Thomas, 52, was recovered on Wednesday, Aug. 17. He was the first confirmed flood victim in Livingston Parish.

"He was listed as missing during the flood event," officials said in a press release. "[He] never returned from a morning walk."

The LSU FACES Laboratory assisted with the identification.

"Our partners at the Fire Marshal's Office took a team into South Point subdivision off of Walker South to check all homes for signs of danger," said Sheriff Jason Ard the day the body was found. "Using a K9 partner, the body of a male in his 50s with no obvious signs of trauma was discovered in a wooded area where water had risen to about five feet at one time."

Also in Livingston Parish, a 93-year-old woman died after she inhaled floodwater while she was being evacuated. It happened in Denham Springs. The woman was transported to a hospital where she later died. Her name has not yet been released.

East Baton Rouge Parish has witnessed the largest number of deaths. At least five bodies have been recovered.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner confirmed that the body of Brett Broussard, 55, was recovered late Monday evening (August 15) on Woodcliff Drive, which is located in the Sherwood Forest area in Baton Rouge.

The body of William "Bill" Borne was discovered in Baton Rouge on Hoo Shoo Too Road on Tuesday, August 16 around 11 a.m. Borne was the founder and former CEO of Amedisys, a home health service company that is now publicly traded.

Bill Borne was a star-spangled, American hero, filled with energy, commitment, passion, initiative, courage and fun," stated Donald A. Washburn, Amedisys' Board Chairman. All of us at Amedisys loved Bill. He filled any room he was in with inspiration and confidence. We appreciate his life. We are grateful to him for the great company he founded – Amedisys – which has provided us with the opportunity to be helpful to so many people through the years. Bless you, Bill.

The body of Richard James Jr, 57, was recovered Monday afternoon (August 15) outside the Greenwell Springs Library.

The body of Linda Bishop, 63, was recovered from a flooded vehicle on Northridge at North Hampton in Baton Rouge. The Brownsfield Fire Department notified the sheriff's office of a vehicle discovered Sunday afternoon (August 14) in deep water. According to witnesses, the woman was seen Saturday night attempting to turn around in high water when her vehicle was swept away. The woman's name will be released following family notification.

William Mayfield, 67, was the first victim in East Baton Rouge Parish. His body was recovered Friday (August 12) during the height of the rain event. He died after he slipped and fell in flood water.

Three people died in Tangipahoa Parish.

Officials said the body of Kenneth Slocum, 59, was recovered Friday night (August 12). His body was discovered near Easley Road.

They additionally confirmed that the body of a woman was recovered as well. The woman has been identified as Alexandra Buddle, 20, of Hammond. It is believed her vehicle was swept away by floodwaters and was submerged on the south side of LA 442 in Tickfaw.

Information has not been released on the third victim, but officials say the body has been identified.

Two victims in St. Helena Parish are believed to have drowned after their vehicles were submerged in flood waters.

The body of Stacy Ruffins, 44, woman was recovered Saturday afternoon. Officials say she was one in a family of three that was traveling in a vehicle on LA 1045 when it was swept away by high water. A man and woman were rescued Saturday morning, more than eight hours after they were trapped.

The vehicle of Samuel Muse, 54, of Greensburg, La was also submerged Friday (August 12) after a portion of LA 10 at Darlings Creek gave way.

"At this time, Troopers believe that Muse attempted to drive through high water and his vehicle was swept off the road," states a press release from the Louisiana State Police. "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."

In the central portion of the state, officials with the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office confirmed Odartha Hoggartt, 57, of Leesville, died the weekend of August 13 and 14.


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