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Authorities continue to rescue flood victims as water slowly recedes

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St. Joseph Abbey was one of the many buildings that flooded on the North Shore. (Source: FOX 8 Viewer) St. Joseph Abbey was one of the many buildings that flooded on the North Shore. (Source: FOX 8 Viewer)
COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) -

St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister said first responders completed 50 rescues in Covington Friday night near areas affected by historic river flooding. More than 60 people are in shelters in Covington and Folsom.

The National Weather Service predicted the Bogue Falaya would crest around 6 a.m. on Saturday, but it crested overnight at 21.5 feet.

Several businesses have taken on water on Boston St., however the water is starting to go down in the area. Officials urge residents to still keep their guard up. The water is knee deep in the area.

“We know there is more water north that we may receive,” Brister said. “We’re still here at the emergency operations center. We’ll be here all day.”

Forecasters do not expect as much rain Saturday, but Brister warned residents to be cautious if they want to check on their property.

Officials are keeping a close eye on the Hwy. 21 bridge over Tchefuncte River.

In Washington Parish, the Bogalusa Creek area that runs through the city is still causing problems for drivers. Most other areas are accessible, according to Tommy Thiebaud with the emergency preparedness office.

They expect start damage assessment soon and are still looking for people who need help with rising water. These areas are south of the Bogue Chitto River.

“We’re a small community. The whole parish, a lot of us know a lot of people who live here,” Thiebaud said. “So seeing it at this level is unbelievable.”

He said even if roads were not covered in water Friday night, they could be this morning.

If you need emergency assistance in Washington Parish, call 985-726-8753.

Tangipahoa Parish was also hit hard. Authorities there rescued 77 people from the flood overnight, according to Parish President Robby Miller.

There were problems with some drivers pushing flood waters into homes while driving down the streets. One of the drivers got stuck in a ditch. But, now all roads in Hammond, including those in Whitmar and Woodbridge, have reopened.

The Tangipahoa river crested at 25.5 feet, three feet higher than projected, Miller said.

So far, more than 600 people have been rescued in the three parishes.

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