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Highway closures cause headaches for flood evacuees

Vehicles waited long hours on I-12 near Albany awaiting passage or emergency assistance (Source: FOX 8 Photo) Vehicles waited long hours on I-12 near Albany awaiting passage or emergency assistance (Source: FOX 8 Photo)
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Many rescues are still underway in Livingston Parish. The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s office says they are working non-stop alongside local, and state officials to answer calls for assistance.

Meanwhile, I-12 East and West between LA 43 (Albany) and I-55 (Hammond) remain closed due to flooding. Although hundreds were rescued overnight, many are still on the interstate awaiting for help. Traffic is at a standstill and sources say hundreds have waited through the overnight hours without food and water.

In effort to avoid additional backups, Parish President Layton Ricks, Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard and LOHSEP Director Mark Harrell have restricted all traffic within Livingston Parish to emergency personnel and situations only. Livingston Parish made a restricted travel announcement that, "Only essential personnel and those for emergency and feasible situations will be allowed on Livingston Parish roadways."

Officials say they are doing their best as there is still an extensive backlog of known rescue requests.

FOX 8 will continue to update this story as it develops.

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