At least 4 dead in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi flooding

By Daniel Uria  |  March 12, 2016 at 1:12 PM
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WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) -- At least four people died in record flooding after storms produced up to two feet of rain in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.

CNN reported one person died in Texas and three other people died in Louisiana and up to 400 homes in Mississippi were flooded.

The Texas man died when his kayak capsized in Dickinson Bayou and a Louisiana driver was killed when floodwater swept his vehicle off the road, according to police. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reported two deaths in Ouachita Parish, La.

The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings and urged citizens to seek higher ground in various areas along the Gulf Coast, as The Weather Channel reported24 inches of rain in Monroe, La. and record flooding in the Sabine river along the Texas-Louisiana border.

"This is a pretty historic event. We've had a threefold event in 48 hours. Looking for another 48 hours of impacts due to rains," Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Lee Smithson said.

Schools and state government buildings were closed in Louisiana on Friday, along with at least 100 roads during flash floods. A mandatory evacuation order was also issued for up to 3,500 residents in the area.

The National Weather Service reported on Saturday Eastern Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi should expect moderate to major river flooding through next week with dry weather Monday to Wednesday.

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