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There are some parts of south Louisiana where flooding is still a huge problems, but there are at least a few areas that have seen at least some of the water recede, revealing the devastation left behind by historic flooding.
There is shimmer of good for some people affected by the flooding, especially those near many of the rivers that rose high above flood stage. Forecast Jeff Morrow said rivers are expected to fall below flood stage by Wednesday evening in some areas.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office reported officials are still assessing the situation, but there's a good chance the curfew for the parish will remain in effect. Flood assistance supplies arrived Wednesday in Baton Rouge from Mississippi. There is still water in some northern parts of the parish and thousands remain without power. Monticello Boulevard near Catalina Avenue in the Monticello neighborhood of Baton Rouge has dried out a little bit. Piles of debris from flooded homes and vehicles destroyed by the floods line the streets. The power is still out in the area. With school out and parents across East Baton Rouge Parish having to return to work, the BREC team quickly repaired buildings and brought in staff to open five emergency camps across the parish.
A boil water advisory has been issued for all of the Diversion Water Company water systems in Livingston Parish. Click here for details. Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks said Wednesday morning that the northern end of the parish has dry roads, but the water is still rising in areas like French Settlement and Bayou Paul. He said officials are moving into the recovery phase in the northern part of the parish, but the rescue phase continues in the southern part. He added the southern part of the parish has encountered the problem of broken water lines, so emergency response crews are trying to get water to residents there. He also cautions those trying to get out and about because first responders still need to move around the area with as few obstacles as possible.
The water in the Colyell area was pretty much standing still Wednesday morning, meaning it wasn't rising, but it also wasn't receding. People should be careful when trying to make it home because there is still quite a bit of water. Law enforcement officials said the only dry way to get to French Settlement until the water recedes is to take the I-12 Livingston-Frost exit and go south. You then make a left on Oliver Wheat Road and follow it all the way down to LA 42. Make a right on LA 42, take a left at the four-way stop on LA 63 and go all the way down until the stop sign on LA 444. You then make a right and head into French Settlement.
St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department Chief LeBlanc said they lost everything. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office reported though water is receding in Ascension Parish, there are some areas that are still experiencing high water. Those areas that are heavily affected are Port Vincent, Summerfield, St. Amant, Acy, Galvez, Sorrento, Bluff/Swamp and some areas in the city of Gonzales. Officials are asking all residents to refrain from sight-seeing for their own safety. Deputies will continue to patrol areas to ensure the safety of people and their property. APSO said allowing children to play in high water is unsafe. Authorities said a child can still be swept away in waters or may encounter other dangerous objects or animals. A boil water advisory has been issued for parts of Ascension Parish. Click here for details. The curfew in Ascension Parish has been lifted, but officials ask people to be safe when driving around the area. Wednesday morning, a Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) strike team was deployed to the Lamar Dixon Expo Center to assist in managing the pet shelter. Currently, there are 450 dogs, 109 cats, 333 horses, 139 cattle, 44 pigs, 123 goats, and 27 exotic animals.
Some people in St. James Parish woke up Wednesday morning to find the water has risen in their area, as floodwaters continue to spread throughout south Louisiana.
The water is unusually high in the Bayou Sorrel area of Iberville Parish as floodwaters from Pointe Coupee Parish make their way south.
The Coast Guard said reported it rescued another 10 people and helped other agencies in rescuing another seven due to flooding in the Baton Rouge area Tuesday night. Coast Guard crews to date have rescued a total of 229 people, assisted a total of 3,007 people in distress and rescued 67 pets.
The Southern University Marching Band, known as the Human Jukebox, did what it could to try to lift the spirits of those in the Baton Rouge River Center shelter Tuesday.