Coast Guard rescues man, dog from rooftops in Washington Parish

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WASHINGTON PARISH, La. - Water from incessant rains has flooded some areas in Washington Parish, washing out parts of the parish fairgrounds.

The Coast Guard sent a Dolphin helicopter crew to rescue a man and a dog from a rooftop in the Muster Ground Creek and Pear River area.

Police in the city of Bogalusa have called for a curfew until at least 5 p.m. Friday, saying conditions are too dangerous for people to be on the roads. 

"I've never seen rain this bad in 30 years," said Police Chief Joe Culpepper. 

The parish fairgrounds bridge has washed out and a building has collapsed in the area.

In addition, a road at Monroe Creek in Pine has a gaping hole opened and traffic cannot pass. 

The Red Cross has opened two shelters in the parish.

  • Franklinton High School – 1 Demon Circle, Franklinton, La. 70438
  • Elizabeth Sullivan University Methodist Church – 510 Avenue B, Bogalusa, La. 70427

In addition, there are other shelters opened.

- Vardnado High School (please bring your own supplies)
- Angie Sr. Center (bring your own supplies)

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