As heavy rains continue to fall in the Lake Charles area, state fire marshals have deployed in the heavily flooded area to rescue and evacuate residents.
At around 7:45 p.m. on Monday, officials said they had received nearly 30 requests for rescue and evacuation after heavy weather fell between 6 and 15 inches of rain in parts of Calcasier and Jefferson Davis parishes. The Louisiana Fire Marshal sent two dozen employees on nine boats, the agency said in a tweet.
Two dozen SFM employees with nine boats are stationed in the Lake Charles area to help Lake Lake FD in response to the floods. In the last hour, this includes nearly 30 rescues / evacuation requests. Please leave the people of southwestern Louisiana in your thoughts tonight. pic.twitter.com/NH8t9MEfT2
̵1; Louisiana State Fire Marshal (@LAFIREMARSHAL) May 18, 2021
Lake Mayor Charles Nick Hunter said Monday’s floods damaged hundreds of homes, some of which were still badly battered by last year’s Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta.
“The number of flooded homes in the city has not yet been determined, but there will be hundreds,” Hunter said, “and I believe there will be more homes flooded in Lake Charles by this rainy event than we had from Laura and Delta.” “
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The region is also under a flash flood warning, and parts of southwestern Louisiana are facing tornado warnings on Monday.
Gov. John Bell Edwards has declared a state of emergency in response to severe weather conditions that will make their way to southeastern Louisiana, bringing with them the possibility of flooding in the streets and lightning and a slight risk of severe weather, forecasters said.