TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Tangipahoa Parish residents have had a rough 24 hours of near-constant rain that started Thursday night and still hasn't let up. A mandatory curfew is now in place from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m.
The parish issued the following statement:
"Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller and Sheriff Daniel Edwards have implemented a dusk till dawn curfew (8pm – 6am) for Tangipahoa Parish. Only essential personnel, those traveling to/from work and for emergency situations will be allowed on Tangipahoa Parish roadways.
"Local leaders are strongly encouraging everyone to remain in place until this weather and flooding event is over. It is also highly encouraged for those who have experienced flooding in the past to evacuate their homes during the remainder of daylight hours today and before it is too late.
"Anyone needing to be evacuated and/or needing assistance is asked to please call 9- 1- 1."
"I never in my lifetime saw water like this, and I've been here my whole life," said Easter Coleman.
And odd weather system parked itself over the northern part of the parish, flooding at least 50 roads and an unknown number of homes.
"Two 500-year floods in five months - it's amazing," said Parish President Robbie Miller.
The water seemed to creep in from everywhere, especially in the town of Tangipahoa, where Beaver Creek attempted to meet up with the Tangipahoa River. Unfortunately, there are a lot of homes and streets in the way.
"Our drainage system is not up to par when it rains like this," said Alderwoman Sheila Martin.
Neighbors helped neighbors with an estimated 300 evacuations.
"This has been going on since 5:30 this morning," said Police Chief Darren Martin.
Three shelters were opened for residents who will soon deal with another agonizing cleanup