Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents transported 80 people from the floodwaters in Carencro to dry ground during the flash flood on March 12.
After receiving 15 inches of rain, Bayou Carencro backed up and jumped its banks flooding many Carencro homes, businesses and roads.
LDWF agents got their first call at 7 a.m. about stranded cars on the median of I-49 and other roads. LDWF responded with 18 agents with 13 boats in the area to help during the flood.
From 10 a.m. to nightfall, LDWF agents rescued 80 people from their home and brought them to higher ground where vehicles could then transport them to the shelter at the Carencro Civic Center.
“The water was anywhere from 2 to 6 feet deep, and people were hanging out of their windows when they would see our boats go by,” said Lt. Darryl Moore. “The conditions were tough as it was still raining hard with lightning and then you had a swift current and obstructions in the water. However, our training in search and rescue and past experiences such as Hurricane Katrina has helped our response during flooding events and things went as smooth as possible given the circumstances.”
Agents are currently on standby as the floodwaters recede over the coming days.
"Our agents are highly trained and have the equipment necessary for search and rescue missions. These agents did a great job in responding as fast as possible and getting 80 people out of the water," said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of LDWF's Enforcement Division.
Through the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, LDWF is the lead agency for search and rescue operations during natural disasters.
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