Water forces evacuations in Washington Parish
BOSSIER CITY - After a night of heavy rains, authorities say swollen rivers and creeks in rural Washington Parish in southeastern Louisiana have led to widespread flooding, prompting rescues from scores of homes.
Mike Haley, a chief deputy for the parish's sheriff, says dozens of homes have been flooded in the parish, which is bounded by the Pearl River and the Bogue Chitto River.
He says the Coast Guard has sent a helicopter from New Orleans to rescue someone who was trapped on a roof in Varnado (VAR'-nuh-doe), a small town north of Bogalusa. He had no details about who the person was.
Haley says they've done rescues all over the parish. He says there were no reports of serious injuries or deaths.
Haley says the flooding is worse than what the parish saw during Hurricane Isaac in 2012.