Wary Louisiana Prepares For Inundation By Harvey

By By Jeff Amy and Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Southwest Louisiana balanced on a knife’s edge early Tuesday as Tropical Storm Harvey threatened to inundate the region with potentially disastrous flooding.

Damage was nothing compared to the toll in Texas, and had been light through sunset Monday. But a heavy band of rainfall Monday night proved too much for some Lake Charles neighborhoods, pushing water into houses that local residents said they’d never seen flood.

Lake Charles Fire Department Division Chief Lennie LaFleur said rescuers evacuated hundreds of people from one neighborhood, sometimes through chest-deep water. In addition to National Guard trucks and wildlife agents’ boats, residents came out in jacked-up trucks and clinging to the cab of a semi-truck cab. They carried belongings in suitcases, trash bags or even soggy cardboard boxes.

“We all got stuck back there,” said Andrea Boutte, who rode out on the big rig. “Those boats took forever.”

Rescuers focused at first on people with medical problems or who were frail, but eventually offered to take everyone who wanted out. Most people went to homes of friends and relatives. Christopher Booker was waiting to pick up his pregnant daughter, who began calling Booker when water rose above the bottom of her car.

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