Historic flooding claims life of sixth flood victim

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East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office divers recovered the body of a woman Sunday afternoon inside a flooded vehicle on Northridge at North Hampton, making six confirmed fatalities due to flooding. The Brownsfield Fire Department notified the Sheriff's Office of a vehicle discovered Sunday afternoon in deep water.

According to witnesses, the woman was seen Saturday night attempting to turn around in high water when her vehicle was swept away. The woman's name will be released following family notification.

A man and woman also reportedly drowned in Tangipahoa Parish, making five confirmed fatalities.

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office officials confirmed Sunday afternoon that the body of a 59-year-old man was recovered in Tangipahoa Parish Friday night, making him the fourth victim due to flooding. His body was discovered near Easley Rd. Sunday evening, they additionally confirmed that they recovered the body of a woman as well. The woman has been identified as Alexandra Buddle, 20, of Hammond. It is believed her vehicle was swept away by floodwaters and was submerged on the south side of Hwy. 442 in Tickfaw.


Two additional flood victims from St. Helena Parish were believed to have drowned after their vehicles were submerged in flood waters.

She was one in a family of three that in a vehicle on Hwy. 1045 when the vehicle was swept away by high water. A man and woman were rescued Saturday morning, more than eight hours after they were trapped.

Officials have not released the name of the woman.

This is the second flood victim for St. Helena Parish. The vehicle of Samuel Muse, 54, of Greensburg, La was also submerged Friday after a portion of Hwy 10 at Darlings Creek gave way.

"At this time, Troopers believe that Muse attempted to drive through high water and his vehicle was swept off the road," states a press release from the Louisiana State Police. "At the time of the investigation, there were several feet of water crossing LA 10 and Muse's vehicle was not visible. The vehicle will be recovered once flood waters recede."

The first fatality happened in East Baton Rouge Parish on Friday. A 68-year-old man drowned when he slipped and fell in flood water.

Louisiana has witnessed three major weather events so far this year. This one, however, will not only surpass those, but it will shatter records.

"This is certainly not over," warned Gov. John Bel Edwards. "People that should have evacuated didn't, so they are having to be evacuated."

As of Sunday morning, over 7,000 people and 500 pets have been rescued from flooding.

"We know people are hurting. They are tired," said Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks. "We have not forgotten you. We're coming to get you."

The greatest challenge has been the unpredictable nature of the flooding level.


"If you've been advised to evacuate, you need to do that," Gov. Edwards noted. "You need to head those warnings. Do not rely on past experiences because that's what's taxing all of our resources for our first responders."

"If you don't have to be on the road, stay off the road," said Gov. Edwards. "If you are going to be on the road you need to obey all the signs. As the waters rise there are places where roads are going to be underwater and they may not be marked as such and they are going to be dangerous. Don't try to go through areas when you see there's standing water in front of you."

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