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More Than 80 People Affected by Heavy Rain in Lake Charles Successfully Rescued Overnight

Junie Sihlangu
May 22, 2021
09:40 A.M.
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At the beginning of the week, almost 100 people had to be rescued from southwest Louisiana from heavy rainfalls. The weather change was caused by hurricanes that hit the area.

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On Monday, May 17, 2021, the National Weather Service revealed that eight to fifteen inches of rain fell on south Lake Charles. This city hosts about 77,000 people, and it’s based in southwest Louisiana.

A hurricane hit the area causing heavy rainfalls eight months after two hurricanes hit the area. Louisiana’s Governor, John Bel Edwards, had to declare a state of emergency as a foot of rain fell in the area.

The Coast Guard conducts a post-storm Hurricane Laura overflight near Lake Charles on August 27, 2020 | Photo: Flickr/Coast Guard News

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People were urged to stay off the roads by the parish sheriff. According to Louisiana's state fire marshal, eighty people had to be rescued overnight after homes and streets started flooding.

Luckily, so far, no injuries or deaths have been reported. The fire department also noted how rescuers had to respond to 163 calls related to flooding nearly 120 miles east in Baton Rouge.

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Nic Hunter, Lake Charles’ Mayor, anticipated that the total rainfalls would exceed Hurricane Laura's, which made landfall last August. Hunter said it would likely approach Hurricane Delta’s October 2020 total rainfall.

The mayor also estimated that his city would see hundreds of flooded homes from this natural disaster. According to weather forecasts, it appears the rainfall will continue unabated for several days.

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Southwest parts of Louisiana and Lake Charles and under a flash flood watch until Thursday evening. Forecasters also anticipated that the weather could become severe as the week proceeds.

Cameron Parish had a mandatory evacuation because of the life-threatening storm.

Over a dozen tornado warnings have been issued, and a few of them have already touched down. Lake Charles resident Derek Williams said the water was rising quickly and took 45 minutes to submerge a car completely.

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Another Lake Charles resident, Rachel Mere, spoke to “NBC affiliate KPLC” about the conditions they were dealing with. She said she had to move her car to a safe area at a Walgreens, adding:

"I think it’s crazy. I think we’ve been through enough in the past year, and we’re seeing flooding that we didn’t even see from Delta.”

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Last November, Clair Hebert Marceaux and her family had to be evacuated from their southwestern Louisiana home of nine years when Category 4 Hurricane Laura created massive flooding.

Hebert Marceaux, her husband, and their dog, Sugar, survived the storm and only managed to come back home after a few days. Cameron Parish had a mandatory evacuation because of the life-threatening storm.

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