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Surviving Harvey - On Hurricane Katrina’s 12th anniversary, Hurricane Harvey’s heavy rains flood Louisiana

JEFF AMY and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN | 9/2/2017, 4:54 a.m.
Twelve years to the day after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, another deadly storm forced hundreds of people ...
Residents ride in the bed of an emergency vehicle carrying them to safety following flooding to their homes late Monday night in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Two days of almost constant rain from Harvey, overcame the city's drainage system, flooding several subdivisions and necessitating home rescues. Rogelio V. Solis

“We’ve been talking for probably like the last two-and-a-half or three hours,” Booker said.

The flooding caught neighbors by surprise because the subdivision of one-story homes isn’t known for flooding.

“I’ve seen some floods, I’ve seen water come up, but nothing like this,” LaFleur said.

People had to be rescued in other communities as well.

Lt. Mark Thrower of the Iowa Fire Department in Calcasieu Parish said emergency workers used a high-water vehicle and boat to evacuate approximately 25 people from waist-deep water in two sections of the town Monday night. Thrower says at least 45 homes in Iowa were flooded, but no injuries were reported.

Although Louisiana doesn’t appear to be facing a threat on par with Harvey’s catastrophic toll in Texas, images of flood devastation in Houston revived painful memories for survivors of Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall in the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005.

“It really evoked a lot of emotions and heartbreak for the people who are going through that now in Houston,” Ray Gratia said Monday as he collected sandbags for his New Orleans home, which flooded from the massive hurricane that left much of the city underwater for weeks.

Gov. Edwards told reporters Monday that he expects the flood threat to rise as outer rain bands sweep into Louisiana this week.

President Donald Trump, moving to expedite federal disaster assistance, issued a federal emergency declaration Monday for five parishes in southwest Louisiana. Maj. Aaron Duplechin said the Louisiana Army National Guard had deployed 19 trucks and four boats to Calcasieu Parish, in addition to helping evacuate the Coushatta Indian Reservation near Kinder.

Associated Press reporters Kunzelman, Rogelio Solis, Stacey Plaisance, Kevin McGill and Jeff Martin contributed to this report.