In Baton Rouge, Lafayette and other parts of southern Louisiana, more than 20 inches of rain fell in a period of 24 hours, flooding homes, highways and businesses. According to CNN, the Louisiana National Guard has about 1250 soldiers on the ground assisting residents and performing search and rescue missions.
Neighbors have also launched their boats into the floodwaters to lend a hand. In one dramatic video, three men come across a partially submerged convertible. Inside a trapped woman and her dog call for help.
“Oh my God, I’m drowning, I’m drowning,” the woman said.
“We’re coming, we’re coming,” one of the men said.
See the rescue, which was captured on video and tweeted.
The floodwaters caught many people off guard.
In addition to rescuing people, some folks are focusing on stranded pets. About 100 dogs have been reported rescued.
On Saturday, Gov. John Bel Edwards surveyed the flooding by helicopter and urged people to stay inside. “I’m still asking people to be patient,” he said in a press conference. “Don’t get out and sightsee. Even when the weather is better, it’s not safe.”