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Five deaths tied to recent severe weather in Louisiana

1 year 8 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, May 20 2021 May 20, 2021 May 20, 2021 5:10 PM May 20, 2021 in News
Source: WBRZ
Several cars were left abandoned at a flooded underpass near the Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - Officials confirmed a fifth death tied to severe weather that swept through south Louisiana this week.

The Vermilion Parish coroner confirmed the latest death Thursday: a 46-year-old man who died after his vehicle crashed into flood water. Two more deaths were confirmed in East Baton Rouge earlier this week, and the others happened in West Baton Rouge and Calcasieu parishes. 

The first was reported in Port Allen. Officials there said a car with three people inside went off-road and ended up submerged in a canal. One of the passengers died, and another person who went into the water to rescue that person is still missing. 

In Baton Rouge, a person was found dead in a pile of flooded vehicles abandoned in high water on Bluebonnet Boulevard near the Mall of Louisiana. Officials said that man was found inside one of the vehicles after the water cleared Tuesday morning.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner confirmed another death Wednesday involving a 76-year-old man who died after his oxygen machine stopped working during a power outage. Another person died during the outages in East Baton Rouge, but officials later determined that person died of natural causes. 

Finally, a 61-year-old man was also found dead in a submerged vehicle in Calcasieu Parish Wednesday. 

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