7000 rescued from ‘historic’ floods
Emergency workers in Louisiana have rescued more than 7000 residents stranded in homes and cars during a historic flood, Governor John Bel Edwards said. Rescue crews worked through the night and into the day as deadly flooding that officials say has left at least three people dead and one missing continued to submerge large parts of the region on August 14, three days after water-swelled streams and rivers began rising. “This is a serious event,” Mr Edwards said of the record floods he called “historic”. The Louisiana National Guard said in a statement that it had rescued nearly 500 people and 61 pets, including 15 rescues by air.