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Louisiana flooding: Live updates, Trump visit, Friday highway closures

The extinction of a Louisiana Flood of 2016 continues Friday (Aug. 19) with floodwaters still melancholy homes. Meanwhile, thousands of residents are returning to consult repairs and see what effects can be salvaged. 

In addition, Republican presidential claimant Donald Trump visited a area Friday.

The ancestral floods were caused by a slow-moving continue complement that dumped as many as two feet of sleet in 48 hours on tools of East Baton Rouge, Livingston and St. Helena parishes. 

Here are a latest updates about highway closures, ways to help, continue forecasts, Trump’s visit, President Obama’s designed revisit and more.

9:10 p.m.: A toll-free authorised assist hotline is now accessible to assistance low-income victims of Louisiana flooding. 

The service, that allows callers to ask assistance from a lawyer, is supposing by a partnership among a Louisiana State Bar Association, a Louisiana Civil Justice Center, a American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and FEMA.

The hotline, 1.800.310.7029, is accessible 24/7 and callers can leave a summary any time.

Callers should contend that they are seeking storm-related assistance and brand a bishopric in that they are located. 

Qualified callers will be interconnected adult with Louisiana lawyers who have volunteered to yield giveaway authorised assistance with securing FEMA and other advantages for disaster survivors, assistance with life, medical and skill word claims, assistance with home correct contracts and contractors, deputy of wills and other critical authorised papers and more.

8:40 p.m.: A span of 50-foot animal-rescue vehicles, any installed with reserve and apparatus to preserve adult to 100 animals, is headed to a Baton Rouge area pleasantness of a American Humane Association, according to a news recover from a organization.

The 30,000-pound rescue trucks, pushing in from Oklahoma and Pennsylvania, are approaching to arrive Friday (Aug. 19) and Saturday in Livingston Parish, where a association’s animal-rescue organisation skeleton to assistance in margin rescues, yield medical caring and ride animals to an puncture shelter.

The team, that includes during slightest 7 lerned puncture responders and a veterinarian, is nearing during a ask of a Humane Society of Louisiana, according to a organization. 

8:30 p.m.: Due to new complicated rainfall, New Orleans officials expelled a notice Friday dusk (Aug. 19) reminding residents to strengthen themselves and their homes from mosquitoes, that multiply in station water.

Mosquitos are famous to broadcast diseases like Zika virus, West Nile and chikungunya. 

Residents are strongly speedy to absolved their homes and yards of butterfly tact drift by stealing apparatus that can collect water. For tips on butterfly prevention, revisit a city website.

6:10 p.m.: Donation collections sites for Louisiana inundate victims are open in several locations around Jefferson Parish. As of Friday (Aug. 19), here are collection sites and a apparatus they are accepting, according to bishopric officials.

6:07 p.m.: Shortly after Hurricane Katrina struck and a levees failed, flooding much of a New Orleans area, St. Tammany Parish saw an liquid of evacuees, quite from St. Bernard Parish where probably each structure was destroyed. By late 2005, North Shore roads were tangled with traffic, schools were packaged and macaroni and cheese with red gravy began to seem on grill menus in Mandeville and Covington.

6:00 p.m.: A 16-second fast-motion video of waste piled adult on a curbs of an flooded Denham Springs area brings a element detriment of a historic Louisiana Flood of 2016 into perspective. New Orleans viewers will find a fast flitting images to be an scary sign of conditions following Hurricane Katrina.

5:54 p.m.: Now comes a tough part, a vapid part. The partial when it’s reduction about heart-breaking detriment and some-more about back-breaking recovery. The partial when the Louisiana Flood of 2016 becomes a neighborhood-by-neighborhood, house-by-house disaster. One where a border of a tragedy in the Baton Rouge area depends on fitness and vicinity to a Amite or Comite rivers, or to a scores of tributaries feeding into them.

5:51 p.m.: The American Humane Association is rushing a rescue organisation to the Baton Rouge area to assistance animal victims of the Louisiana Flood of 2016. Two 50-foot rescue vehicles are roving a total 2,000 miles to strech south Louisiana by Saturday (Aug. 20), a organisation said.

5:00 p.m.: Escaped alligators mystify inundate drainage, websites report

A story on a WVUE website reports that transient alligators are adding to a difficulty in flooded Prairieville Louisiana. Apparently, a immeasurable reptiles from a Alligator Bayou engulf captivate have taken adult chateau circuitously construction apparatus indispensable to fight flooding. 

The alligators are being recaptured, though “if they can’t constraint all a alligators, officials might have to kill them in sequence to equivocate a wharf breach,” a story, creatively posted by a WAFB staff, reports.    

A inundate map grown by a Baton Rouge City-Parish GIS Division of a Department of Information Services 

3:47 p.m.: A new map indicates that 58 percent of East Baton Rouge Parish was flooded.

“Today, for a initial time, we’re means to see one of a many endless and minute views into a border of new flooding events in East Baton Rouge Parish,” pronounced Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden, according to a press recover from a Baton Rouge City-Parish government.

A minute digital map indicating flooded areas and a plcae of open and private structures, was collected from 911 call-outs, 311 requests for service, and other repairs comment data, a recover states. The map zooms in to concede a transport by transport analysis. 

President Barack Obama (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) 

3:10 p.m.: President Barack Obama is formulation to revisit Baton Rouge Tuesday (Aug. 23) to get a first-hand demeanour during a inauspicious flooding opposite a immeasurable partial of Louisiana.

3:00 p.m.: Extra time to compensate word premiums in 20 parishes. 

Flood victims will have additional time to compensate premiums underneath an puncture order expelled Thursday (Aug. 18) by Louisiana’s tip word official. The magnitude also prevents insurers from dropping policyholders still recuperating from a flooding disaster.

2:50 p.m.: Jarvis DeBerry debunks celestial atonement theories.

A account of wrong was circulated in 2005 after a immeasurable infancy of New Orleans was flooded.  One of a many distinguished arguments was that a late Aug flooding was God’s approach of preventing Southern Decadence, a happy bacchanalia, from being hold in a French Quarter Labor Day weekend.   There was even a priest in a New Orleans area who described Hurricane Katrina as an act of forgiveness that absolved New Orleans of “the sodomites, a magic workers, fake religion.”

1:55 p.m.: Here’s how to help. 

As New Orleans and North Shore residents demeanour for ways to assistance those influenced by a historic flooding in Baton Rouge and opposite Acadiana, Louisiana State Police are still seeking for roadways to sojourn clear. So, as we wait for a H2O to continue decrease from internal roads and highways, here’s a list of places online and around New Orleans and Baton Rouge where we can make donations.

Republican presidential claimant Donald Trump, center, and his using mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, listens to inundate victims Jimmy and Olive Gordan during a debate of their inundate shop-worn home in Denham Springs, La., Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

1:29: Donald Trump has left Louisiana after spending some-more than 3 hours furloughed communities ravaged by a new flooding.The GOP hopeful visited water-ravaged neighborhoods, where waste piled adult in front lawns and on curbs as people continued to plod out their homes.

During a visit, Trump met with initial responders who conducted rescues in a flooding even as their possess homes were damaged. And he spoke with volunteers during a church that was assisting circuitously residents with cleanup. Area residents cheered Trump’s visit, backing adult along streets to get a glance and thanking him for resplendent a inhabitant spotlight on a destruction.

1:24: Hillary Clinton has called Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards to plead a state’s harmful flooding and says a state’s service effort, “can’t means any distractions.”

The Democratic presidential hopeful says in a Facebook post that her “heart breaks for Louisiana,” where a swell of about 2 feet of sleet deluged a southern partial of a state, deleterious tens of thousands of home and inspiring some-more than 100,000 people.

Clinton’s debate expelled a post on a same day that Republican Donald Trump and his using partner Mike Pence trafficked to Louisiana to check a inundate damage. Clinton is propelling people to strech out to a Red Cross and a Baton Rouge Area Foundation to assistance with inundate relief.

1:17 p.m.: According to an AP report, Donald Trump struck a gloomy tinge as he toured a inundate repairs in Louisiana, though still managed to get in a poke during President Barack Obama. In brief remarks in Ascension Parish, Trump done an seductiveness for some-more assist to a area and pronounced he was “just here to help.”

Trump was also there to strike a contrariety to Obama, who is on vacation and has not visited a area. When a lady told Trump she was happy he wasn’t off personification golf, Trump replied: “Somebody is, somebody is that shouldn’t be.”

Trump after combined that “nobody understands how bad it is.”

The White House has pronounced Obama has perceived unchanging updates about a flooding and a sovereign response during his vacation. He is due behind in Washington on Sunday.

1:15 p.m.: “Swamp People” star lends a hand. Chase Landry might have had his possess spin on TV, though he doesn’t watch much, so when a crony pronounced they were holding a vessel to go assistance rescue flooded victims of a Louisiana Flood of 2016, Landry hadn’t even unequivocally been wakeful a H2O had gotten as high as it did. 

“I satisfied afterwards a earnest of it, that this is how bad things were,” pronounced a “Swamp People” star. “I jumped in movement and grabbed my boat.” 

12:05 p.m.: According to an AP report, Donald Trump is display his softer side as he consoles Louisiana homeowners strike by harmful flooding. The Republican candidate’s debate of a repairs enclosed a stop during a home of Jimmy and Olive Morgan in Denham Springs, Louisiana.

As Trump and his environment visited, a integrate was still unconditional out floodwaters from their home. A busted couch, chair and bedroom seat are heaped on their lawn. Jimmy Morgan told Trump he spent his 79th birthday on a roof of his house.

Asked by Trump about either he’ll rebuild, Jimmy Morgan replied: “I Just don’t know what we’ll do.”

Trump hugged a male and after told him: “You’re going to rebuild. It’s going to be so beautiful.”

12:00 p.m.: According to an AP report, the policeman of East Baton Rouge Parish in Louisiana is changing a start time of a parish’s curfew. Sid Gautreaux pronounced in a news recover Friday (August 19) a nightly curfew will start during midnight, instead of 10 p.m. The curfew’s finish time will sojourn 6 a.m.

Gautreaux pronounced a curfew is still indispensable to say a reserve of residents and initial responders and to yield confidence for homes and businesses ravaged by inundate waters. The policeman pronounced a curfew will still concede for people to transport to and from work and make food, fuel and other deliveries.

11:35 a.m.: Livingston Parish began shutting some shelters currently and consolidating others. WAFB has a finish list here.

11:00 a.m.: Trump is receiving a comfortable accepting as he tours a heavily-damaged apportionment of Baton Rouge, The Associated Press reports. The GOP hopeful and using partner Mike Pence were greeted by a throng of supporters after visiting a internal Baptist church where volunteers have gathered.

“Thank we for coming, Mr. Trump,” one lady screamed.

“We knew we would be here for us!” another shouted.

Trump greeted a crowd, jolt hands and signing hats.

But he incited down a image of jambalaya offering to him.

10:45 a.m.: Reporter Meg Gatto, with a news partners during WVUE Fox 8 News, is reporter from flooded areas in Gramercy and Paulina. 

10:35 a.m.: Trump and Pence have stopped during a Baptist church in a heavily shop-worn apportionment of East Baton Rouge Parish, The Associated Press reports.

The Republican possibilities met a organisation of volunteers who have been cooking dishes for inundate victims and assisting a aged tummy their homes.

Trump asked questions about a border of a repairs and thanked volunteers for their efforts. The claimant also met with Tony Perkins, boss of a Family Research Council. Perkins possess home was flooded.

The distinguished Christian regressive says he wants Trump to “let a nation know” about a border of a damage.

Many Louisianans feel a flooding has been abandoned by a inhabitant news.

Republican presidential claimant Donald Trump, followed by his using mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, shakes hands with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry as he is greeted by Louisiana officials on his attainment during a Baton Rouge airfield Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Max Becherer) 

10:20 a.m.: Republican nominee Donald Trump is contemplating a repairs in flood-ravaged Louisiana.

Trump’s motorcade gathering early Friday by a hard-hit village of Central in East Baton Rouge Parish, where ripped-up runner and flooring, seat and a whole essence of homes were piled on a curb.

In some cases, people who were still mucking out their homes came out to call during a motorcade.

At slightest 13 people were killed and thousands were replaced in complicated sleet that dumped as many as dual feet of H2O on some areas.

8:45 a.m.: Donald Trump has arrived Baton Rouge for a fast designed debate of a flood-damaged city.

The Republican presidential candidate’s craft landed Friday morning during a private trickery during a Baron Rouge airport. He was assimilated by his using mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who was seen chatting on a tarmac with Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and Attorney General Jeff Landry.

Republican presidential claimant Donald Trump delivers a debate debate in Charlotte, N.C. Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) 

The officials are a highest-ranking Republicans in a state. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, says he won’t be concerned in Trump’s visit.

The administrator orator says Trump was acquire though not for a “photo-op.”

Trump is approaching to get a demeanour during some of a neighborhoods ravaged by flooding.

8:40 a.m.: Thank you!

8:30 a.m.: The U.S. Transportation Department is sending $2 million to Louisiana to start puncture repairs to shop-worn roads and bridges in an bid to assistance inundate victims lapse home.

8:25 a.m. It’s been 6 days given a H2O started to arise in a Baton Rouge area, and while a inundate has receded in several tools of a state, it is indeed still removing worse in others. 

8:20 a.m.: The opening and exit ramps during I-10 and LA 13 have reopened, according to a Louisiana State Police. However, flooding still has sealed dozens of roads in Acadia, Vermilion and Evangeline parishes. See some-more of a closures.

8:05 a.m.: Why does it matter if a Louisiana flooding goes viral, The Week asks

“At a finish of a day, a Louisiana floods are a tellurian seductiveness story. Which is positively because a inhabitant insusceptibility hurts. It doesn’t feel good to consider that your suffering, your struggles, and your delight over adversity are tedious — generally when everybody seems to determine that a luminary Twitter war requires ’round-the-clock coverage.”

8 a.m.: “I urge a good inundate will turn something some-more than a devastating, comfortless eventuality that simply postpones a community’s long-overdue review about competition family and purported military misconduct,” writes Robert Mann Jr., a columnist for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.

7:45 a.m.: Have we listened a story about a male in a Marksville Wal-Mart who paid for a inundate victim’s whole $350 selling trip? Way to go, sir. This touching story has been common some-more than 28,000 times on Facebook.

7:15 a.m.: The flood warning for the Baton Rouge region and the River Parishes will continue by during slightest Friday during 3:15 p.m., as puncture government officials continue to news flooding opposite many of a warned area. 

7 a.m: Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump and his using partner Mike Pence will debate inundate damage today. Trump pronounced during a convene Thursday that his prayers are with a people influenced in Louisiana, “a state that is really special to me.”

Republican presidential claimant Donald Trump delivers a debate debate in Charlotte, N.C. Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) 

Richard Carbo, orator for Gov. John Bel Edwards, pronounced Trump was acquire to Louisiana, “but not for a photo-op.” Instead, Carbo due Trump “consider volunteering or creation a immeasurable concession to a LA Flood Relief Fund to assistance a victims of this storm.”

6 a.m.: More sparse storms are in a foresee today.

5:45 a.m.: Crews with Entergy-Louisiana from 4 states are walking by neighborhoods opposite south Louisiana, inspecting electrical apparatus and operative to re-energize lines where it is protected to do so.

As of 5 a.m. Friday, a series of business though energy due to flooding had forsaken to only underneath 6,000 from Tuesday night’s rise of some-more than 32,000 customers. The routine of restoring energy to a remaining business will be a delayed one, as business who had perceived floodwaters in their homes or businesses might have to make repairs to their electrical complement before energy can be restored.

Customers in a Baton Rouge, Denham Springs and Gonzales areas who were not flooded though who are still though energy also might have to wait a small longer. Entergy pronounced energy can't be easy to their area until all meters are legalised on their circuit as good as other devices, such as transformers and fuses.

About 6,350 business were though energy Friday morning (Aug. 19) in Louisiana, according to Entergy. The outage total were accurate as of 7:45 a.m. (Image around Entergy) 

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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