Historic flooding in southern US claims at least two lives

Flooding in the US southern state of Louisiana was described Saturday as a "truly historic event," and the governor warned residents to brace for more rain.

"This is a major disaster," said Governor John Bel Edwards. "This is an ongoing event and we are still in the response mode."

Edwards told a news conference at least two deaths had been confirmed, and searches were continuing for more victims.

The flooding began Friday after rainfall battered an area in the southern part of the state near the capital Baton Rouge.

The governor declared a state of emergency, saying rivers and creeks in the area had crested at record levels. More than 1,000 people have been rescued, and firefighters were going door-to-door telling residents be prepared to leave.

The flooding was so bad in the town of Walker that it dislodged caskets at a cemetery. Photos posted on Facebook by the town's police department showed at least caskets floating in floodwaters.

Last update: Sat, 13/08/2016 - 23:12

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