CONTINUING COVERAGE: Louisiana Flooding: FEMA head travels to Baton Rouge

Federal agency coordinating efforts

The Louisiana National Guard transports people out of flood hit areas around Walker , La., Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. Although some flood waters have receded roads continue to be difficult to pass with private vehicles. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – The Latest on flooding in the Deep South (all times local):

6 a.m. – The administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is coming to Louisiana to meeting with state officials on the ongoing flooding there.

Craig Fugate will meet with Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday to discuss the situation.

The governor’s office says Fugate will travel to Louisiana to meet with the state’s Unified Command Group to discuss the federal assistance available and response efforts.

The federal government declared a major disaster in the state, specifically in the parishes of Tangipahoa, St. Helena, East Baton Rouge and Livingston. State officials say disaster declarations for other parishes affected by flooding could come this week.

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2:45 a.m. – Some residents of Louisiana’s capital city have begun struggling to return to flood-damaged homes on foot, in cars and by boat as waters recede in some areas.

But though the rain had mostly stopped, new places in the state are facing flood dangers from the deluge that has sent thousands into shelters.

Rivers and creeks are still dangerously bloated south of Baton Rouge. People have filled sandbags to protect their houses, bracing for the worst as high water flows toward the Gulf of Mexico. In one area, Ascension Parish, officials say some small towns have already been inundated.

Several deaths have been reported, including a body pulled late Monday from Baton Rouge floodwaters. The disaster has prompted thousands of rescues and many found refuge in hastily prepared shelters.

 

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