Franklinton sees worst flooding since 1983

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Posted on August 31, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 31 at 7:21 PM

Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News
Email: mhernandez@wwltv.com | Twitter: @mhernandezwwl

FRANKLINTON, La. -- The storm may be over but many parts of the metro area are still feeling the effects of Hurricane Isaac. Right now people are fleeing rising rivers on the Northshore.

A Baptist church just came through and gave these people food and water, something to hold them over. Many of them have been stranded here for some time, since early this morning, and the Red Cross has announced it is opening a shelter at another church in Franklinton.

People were still getting rescued by boat, brought in by volunteers. We're told 127 homes have flooded in Bogue Chitto Heights area. The sheriff's office says 15-20 people refused to leave.

Members of the volunteer fire department say they rescued a man clinging to a fence early this morning. Another woman says she saw her appliances swept away by the river.

Officials say the Bogue Chitto river is expected to crest in about seven hours at 22 feet, and it continues to rise.

They say we have seen flood waters like this since the flood of 1983.

 

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