Tuesday, 16 August 2016 - 14:33
Seven dead, 30,000 rescued in record Louisiana floods
Louisiana faced epic flooding, with seven people killed and thousands evacuated to emergency shelters after waterways in the southern part of the state overflowed their banks.
Some areas have received more than 20 inches (50 centimeters) of rain since late Thursday, submerging vast swaths of southern Louisiana in muddy waters.
"Our state is currently experiencing a historic flooding event that is breaking every record," Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said in a statement late Monday.
"This event is ongoing, it is not over," he said. "We do not know when the floodwaters will recede, and they will continue to rise in some areas."
About 30,000 people had been rescued, including a 78-year-old woman who spent a night in a tree, Louisiana State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson told CNN.