CLINTON, LA (WAFB) - Officials in East Feliciana Parish are begging homeowners not to live inside their flooded homes because of potential health risks.
Officials are worried about mold growing inside the homes as many houses took on anywhere between three and 15 feet of water, with some homes fully submerged.
With the water gone, people are now cleaning and gutting during the day and living there by night.
Officials urge residents to find shelter instead because of health problems that could result from mold.
"They're going to get sick. It's just totally unhealthy. They're going to get really sick. That's my biggest concern," said Warden Kenny Sanders. "Possibly in a few weeks, pneumonia, emphysema that's one of the concerns because that mold is so dangerous."
The shelter is set up at the old Clinton Welfare Center on Plank Road and the jail has a mobile laundry set up for anyone needing to wash their clothes.