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Displaced residents arriving at Baker shelter

6 years 5 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, August 13 2016 Aug 13, 2016 August 13, 2016 1:49 PM August 13, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

BAKER - Dozens of people are staying at a Red Cross shelter in Baker after they had to be rescued or helped from the Louisiana floods.

John Mitchell said he swam to safety with his pit bull. Police officers in a boat picked up his girlfriend, her young daughter and his father.

Mitchell fears he lost their trailer home and his car, which was flooded up to the seats. A bag of clothes was all he had time to save as the water levels rapidly rose.

The governor says more than 1,000 people have been rescued and two people have died in the floods.

Shanita Angrum said she called 911 on Friday morning when she realized flood waters had trapped her family in their home. A police officer carried her 6-year-old daughter on his back while she and her husband waded behind them to safety. She says snakes were everywhere.

A curfew is in effect immediately in Baker until further notice. The evacuees are now being moved to Southern University and the Jewel J. Newman Community Center.

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