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Coast Guard called to rescue flood victims from rooftops near Bogalusa

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Washington and Tangipahoa parishes were drenched by storms Friday, March 11, 2016. (FOX 8) Washington and Tangipahoa parishes were drenched by storms Friday, March 11, 2016. (FOX 8)
BOGALUSA, LA (WVUE) -

Major flooding in Washington Parish forced some residents to their rooftops Friday morning, causing the Coast Guard to mobilize a helicopter to assist with rescues.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received the request for help at 8:39 a.m. About a dozen people were rescued in the Bogalusa area, with help from other agencies.

The victims were stranded due to flooding around the Muster Ground Creek and Pearl River area, as well as other parts of the parish.

Under a steady drizzle, rescue boats and volunteers with ATVs pulled out people and pets all day.

Police in Bogalusa have called for a curfew until 5 p.m., citing dangerous conditions. There is also a boil water advisory in place for Bogalusa until further notice.

Deputy Chief Mike Haley said the Pearl River is at about 20.8 feet. The highest he has ever seen it is 23 feet.

The flow of the Bogue Chitto River went from calm to a strong deluge that persisted through the day. It flooded dozens of homes in the Bogue Chitto Heights subdivision south of Franklinton. 

Some residents wanted to stay in their homes even though the water continued to rise. Glen Abrams' house has been spared, so far. But water is up to his doorstep.

"Trash cans are floating and also the water is high and we don't know how high it's going to get. We are going to keep her eyes on it to see how high it is going to get," Abrams said.

Highway 21 is under water, but still open to traffic. However, authorities might be forced to close the route.

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