NEW ORLEANS, March 15 (UPI) -- After several days of flooding, the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana released drone footage showing the vast devastation brought by heavy rainfall.
The drone video was taken on Highway 71 in South Bossier on Monday at about 5 p.m. Bossier Parish and other parishes in north Louisiana received most of the rainfall that led to flooding. A storm system that began on Saturday dumped rain across the South, mostly in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Nearly 5,000 homes in Louisiana were damaged by flooding. Some 4,200 people were evacuated from flooded areas due to the recent storm system that has killed at least six people in the South.
Authorities in the Red Chute Bayou ordered mandatory evacuations for about 3,500 homes. State officials said at least 6,100 structures have been damaged in Louisiana with the toll expected to rise.
"From the northern portion all the way to the southern portion of my parish, I've got major flooding going," Glen Mears, the emergency preparedness director in Beauregard Parish in southwestern Louisiana, told The New York Times. "This has never been seen before by anyone here."
Some places in the South recorded more than 20 inches of rainfall in less than 72 hours. Several of the areas that received the worst flooding are not heavily populated.