The Latest: Dogs Displaced By Flooding Sent to Florida

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) — The Latest on flooring in southern Louisiana (all times local):

7:15 a.m.

Dogs displaced by flooding in southern Louisiana are going to a shelter in Florida.

WFTS-TV in Tampa reports (http://bit.ly/2bfkCBI) the Humane Society of Tampa Bay agreed to take 18 dogs from Acadiana Animal Aid shelter in Lafayette.

The dogs will be available for adoption Thursday.

About 60 dogs from the Vermilion Parish shelter took a trip Wednesday to St. Tammany Parish.

Toney Wade with the Animal Cruelty Task Force tells KATC TV (http://bit.ly/2b6x3hD) the Abbeville shelter got a couple of inches of water inside.

He said the St. Tammany shelter plans to adopt out the dogs.

Wade said he plans to empty out other shelters in the Acadiana area in the coming days. He said they’re expecting to refill the shelters with dogs that got trapped by flood waters.

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4 a.m.

Authorities in a community in southern Louisiana are calling for residents to evacuate amid rising waters there.

Gueydan Fire Chief Evans Bourque says there’s an area in Vermilion Parish that’s outside the levee system and residents there are urged to evacuate. Bourque says the evacuation affects about 60 to 70 homes. He didn’t know how many people that included but said it was less than 100.

The flooding that struck the Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas has left at least 13 people dead and damaged an estimated 40,000 homes.

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1:55 a.m.

Louisiana residents have begun clearing mud and debris from flood-damaged homes while trying to line up alternate housing as the scope of the catastrophe becomes clear.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson visits Louisiana on Thursday to review the federal government’s response to the flooding, which has damaged tens of thousands of homes and businesses.

More than 70,000 people have registered for individual assistance and more than 9,000 have filed flood insurance claims. Many are just trying to figure out where to live.

Keisha Taylor, a 37-year-old mother of four, has spent three nights in two different shelters since her family fled their flooded Baton Rouge apartment. She doesn’t know how many more nights they’ll be sleeping on cots inside a downtown arena.

The flooding that struck the Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas has left at least 13 people dead.

 

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