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Tangipahoa Parish officials respond to deadly flooding

Tangipahoa Parish flooding response (source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office) Tangipahoa Parish flooding response (source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office)
Tangipahoa Parish flooding response (source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office) Tangipahoa Parish flooding response (source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office)
Tangipahoa Parish flooding response (source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office) Tangipahoa Parish flooding response (source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office)
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Sheriff Daniel Edwards said emergency efforts are underway in Tangipahoa Parish.

Parish officials coordinated searches and rescues in a large flooded area and recovered the bodies of two people.

First responders recovered the body of Alexandra Budde, 20, of Hammond, Sunday on Highway 442 in Tickfaw.  It is believed that her vehicle was caught in raging floodwaters, and washed from the roadway leaving it completely submerged underwater on the south side of the Hwy 442.

The body of a 59-year-old man was recovered early Sunday morning near Easley Road in Tangipahoa. He was reported missing after being swept away by the water. His identity has not been released.

Parish officials also helped coordinate a delivery of supplies to stranded drivers on I-12 near Albany in Livingston Parish. Drivers received water, food, and other supplies until they could be rescued from the flooded interstate.

More than 2,500 people have been rescued in the parish since Wednesday afternoon, in addition to 14 horses and many smaller family pets.

Sheriff’s deputies are conducting welfare checks in highly impacted areas.

“The dedication, commitment and passion that continues to be demonstrated by my team at the sheriff’s office is difficult to even put into words.”  Edwards said in a news release. “They continue to serve those in need, even as they themselves are in need. I continue to pray for all of Louisiana, my deputies, their families, and each and every person who is being affected. We will continue to work around the clock till each and every person is safe.”

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