Rescues spike overnight in flooded Baton Rouge

In southwest Louisiana, the Mermentau (MER-men-tow) River is expected to rise 3 feet or more above the levees in Lake Arthur, a city of about 2,700.

She then attempts to dive as the man, who appears to have his arm underwater searching for the pooch, says: "I can't get the dog".

KPLC-TV reports (KPLC http://bit.ly/2bqMZLg) that the mayor of Welsh advised people in low-lying areas along Lacassine (lak-uh-SEEN) Bayou to evacuate.

"Snakes were everywhere", she said.

Reached by telephone Sunday, she said she was on her way to a bridal shower she was supposed to be hosting on Saturday when flooding closed off the highway.

The mood is surprisingly upbeat but she emphasized that people "want water".

The video of a man jumping into the water to rescue a woman and a dog trapped in a sinking auto during heavy floods in Baton Rouge, Louisiana has gone viral.

Mike Steele of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said Sunday morning that there was an overnight spike in flood rescues in eastern Baton Rouge.

"The heavy rainfall is not going to be as widespread as it has been over the last day or two", said Tingler.

State Sen. Bodi White, who represents some of the hardest-hit areas in the suburbs around Baton Rouge, said water has reached levels that were never recorded during 1983's record flood.

In one rescue on Saturday, two men on a boat pulled a woman from a auto that was nearly completely underwater.

In a video-taped incident reportedly occurring during Louisiana floods that killed at least three people by Saturday night, yells of "I'm drowning!" came from a almost submerged Mazda Miata.

Pounding rains swamped parts of southeast Louisiana so that whole subdivisions appeared isolated by floodwaters, which are blamed for at least three deaths.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency, calling the floods "unprecedented" and "historic".

The governor toured flood-ravaged areas by helicopter later on Saturday after rivers and creeks burst their banks and warned Louisiana residents it would be too risky to venture out even after the rains start to subside.

A look of panic remains on the woman's face as she cries out to her rescuer that her dog is still trapped. In a 24-hour period, Baton Rouge had as much as 11 inches while one weather observer reported more than 17 inches in Livingston.

Wilkinson County Chancery Clerk Thomas Tolliver said an apartment complex and surrounding houses in the town were flooded after 10 inches of rain fell. Some areas got even more rain. "I would saw for a while". And the body of 54-year-old Samuel Muse was found in St. Helena Parish, where crews pulled him from a submerged pickup on Louisiana 10, authorities said.

Numerous rivers in southeast Louisiana and southern MS overflowed with officials still uncertain just how widespread the damage would be.

He described the floods as more severe than those that struck the state in March, when at least four were killed and thousands of homes were damaged in Louisiana and Mississippi.

In this aerial photo a boat motors between flooded homes after heavy rains inundating the region Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, in Hammond, La.

Vanessa Coleman

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