Flooding Leaves 3 Dead, Wreaks Havoc on Travel Plans
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Louisiana and southern Mississippi continue to get pounded with rain, and at least three people have already died as a result, The Weather Channel reported on Saturday.
Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Louisiana, and Gov. Phil Bryant has issued one for several counties in Mississippi, according to The Weather Channel.
Authorities told Louisiana residents to pay attention to evacuation warnings rather than relying on past experiences since the state is seeing unprecedented flooding, The Weather Channel reported.
Edwards said at a Saturday press conference that more than 1,000 people and 100 pets had been rescued, according to Weather Channel.
The massive amount of rain has caused a lot of headaches for people traveling in the region.
The flooding was so bad that 62 miles of Interstate 12 in Louisiana were shut down on Saturday afternoon, The Times-Picayune reported.
A school bus carrying children went off the road and into a ditch on Friday morning in Zachary, La., the city's police chief, David McDavid, told The Advocate.
An Amtrak train heading from Chicago to New Orleans was forced to stop in central Mississippi because the tracks were flooded, WAFF48 reported.
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