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NEWS FROM THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE & FISHERIES

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L.D.W.F. CONTINUES SEARCH AND RESCUE EFFORTS

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) received several search and rescue (SAR) calls through the night and dispatched SAR teams to those locations at first light this morning.

SAR crews rescued an additional 17 people last evening from the north end of Grand Caillou Rd. in Houma to bring the total to 135 people rescued yesterday from Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson, Vermilion and Terrebonne parishes.

In Southwestern Louisiana, an estimated 50 to 75 SAR personnel from LDWF, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and Federal Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams are working the area.

SAR crews in this area dispatched 26 boats to Vermilion Parish to sweep the area looking for people needing assistance from Intercoastal City to Forked Island. Seven boats were sent to work from Forked Island through Sweet Lake, Hackberry, Grand Bayou and Cameron. An additional 15 boats were dispatched to the north of Calcasieu Lake to work the flooded areas from Westlake, Vinton, Sulphur and the Hackberry area.

In Southeastern Louisiana, SAR crews are still concerned about Lafitte and Pointe a la Hache. Lafitte is still inundated with water, but the water has gone down 2 feet overnight. LDWF is receiving SAR calls from Jefferson Parish, but did not receive a SAR call from Plaquemines Parish. Several hundred people are voluntarily remaining in Lafitte.

The SAR collection point at the Chennault Airport in Lake Charles was closed at noon today and moved to the S.K. White School location.

Agents from Ohio will arrive this morning and be staged in Houma.
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   whitecap
Thanks to all life savers God bless all of you.
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   hipboot
Thank the Good Lord that we have people like these to save people like those. Why do we risk our lives to stay with stuff. We came into this earth with nothing and will leave with nothing. He who dies with the most is still dead, Count your blessings daily!
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