Historic flood death toll climbs to 12 after body found in Livingston Parish
DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (WGNO) – The state Fire Marshal’s Office says a 12th person has died in the historic flood.
Responders found the body of a male in the South Point Subdivision in Denham Springs. It’s the 12th flood-related death in Louisiana and the first in Livingston Parish, one of the hardest hit areas.
Three people died in Tangipahoa Parish, two people died in St. Helena Parish, five people died in East Baton Rouge Parish and one person died in Rapides Parish.
So far, 20 parishes have been declared federal disaster areas, which means affected residents are eligible for federal aid.
Although the historic rain event ended days ago, backwater flooding is pushing water into areas that didn’t flood during the storm.
St. James Parish and areas surrounding Acadiana are under flood warnings because of backwater flooding.