Families Rescued from Flooded Homes in Baton Rouge

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)—Here in Baton Rouge many residents woke up to a devastating scene after rain fell all night long.

Apartments and neighborhoods off of Siegen Lane are now destroyed.

The water receded throughout the day, but there was still a lot of flooding going on.

This morning and last night people had to be rescued on boats. 

Resident Lee-Ellen Macon said, “The water was ankle deep on the sidewalk and that was around 9’oclok and that at 11 o’clock a neighbor from downstairs said, have you seen? It’s really flooded. then I looked outside, and all the cars were flooded.”

One father rescued his son who had to camp out on the second floor after four feet of flooding.

Resident Philip Schexnayder said, “I was thinking about leaving and I opened my front door. Water was just pouring in. There was no leaving at that point.”

His father, Carl Schexnayder said, “We just went in and loaded him up. Good thing we had a canoe and a lot of dry bags.”

Flood waters also devastated many nearby homes after a power outage.

Resident Maria Martinez said, ” It just kept on coming in through the bathtubs, toilet, walls and back doors, and we couldn’t do much of anything.”

Resident Charmaine Harrison said, “I see a sense of loss, hopelessness. I am just at a loss for words. It was just heartbreaking.”

This morning they salvaged what they could.

“Many people were just catching up from the 2016 flood. and now it’s happening all over again,” said Harrison.

Many left here with just clothes on their backs and no place to go. 

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