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3,000 being rescued, evacuated from LaPlace

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Posted: Aug 29, 2012 8:30 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Aug 30, 2012 9:39 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: laplace, flooding, st. john, rescue, national guard, evacuation, storm, isaac, hurricane

LAPLACE - Emergency resources were moved to St. John the Baptist Parish to rescue 3,000 people trapped there because of flooding in the wake of tropical storm Isaac, which was a hurricane when it passed through.

The governor's office said storm surge from Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas caused significant flooding in the parish, and about 1,500 people have already been evacuated.

The state sent 89 buses to the area to help with evacuations, including to an assisted living facility in the parish. Evacuees will be taken to shelters in Alexandria and Shreveport.

The National Guard has seven high-water vehicles in the area and 25 high-water vehicles en route, as well as Humvees and ten boat teams on their way. The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries also has 30 boats on site and 20 additional boats en route.

The parish also shut down part of their water system, according to the governor's office. The National Guard is deploying around 35,000 bottles of water and two 5,000 gallon water tankers. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and the Department of Transportation and Development are sending two-hundred 2,000 pound super sack sandbags to develop a protection system for the water system.

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