The Latest: Baton Rouge: much debris removal starts Monday

ST. AMANT, La. (AP) — The Latest on Louisiana flooding (all times local):

11 a.m.

Pumps and sandbags are keeping floodwaters out of Lake Arthur, a city of about 2,700 in southwest Louisiana — but authorities say there’s still too much danger for people to return.

Larry Lyons of the area’s drainage district tells KPLC-TV ( ) that, for example, an alligator crawling onto the bank could knock out sandbags.

Chief Deputy Chris Ivey of the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office says people have been placed every 100 yards to watch for breaches in the levees.

Mayor Robbie Bertrand tells The American Press ( that about 16,000 sandbags have been placed strategically throughout the town, and another 800 are ready.

He says that even as the Mermentau (MER-men-taw) River falls, the levees remain fragile and saturated.

Hundreds of volunteers helped build a 180-foot plywood wall at one spot to stabilize sandbag barriers.


9:40 a.m.

As search parties look for survivors, Louisiana continues to dig itself out from devastating floods, with local government saying debris removal will begin Monday in much of East Baton Rouge.

Mayor Kip Holden is encouraging residents to put all flood debris on the curb during the weekend, separated by types. Plant material should be in one heap. Next to that, construction and demolition debris. Then appliances, with a fourth area for electronics.

A news release says nothing should be bagged. It notes that regular household trash should be bagged and put out in garbage carts on the regular pickup day, away from flood debris.

A news release says residents can track daily progress on a web-based map. It’s at


9 a.m.

Louisiana continues to dig itself out from devastating floods.

Search parties are going door to door Saturday looking for survivors or bodies trapped by the flooding.

Teams have come from around the state as well as other parts of the country to assist in the effort.

They’ve been going house to house, knocking on doors, looking for signs of life such as furniture or carpets piled out front indicating someone has been there cleaning up.

At least 13 people died in the flooding that swept through parts of southern Louisiana after torrential rains lashed the region.

In a uniquely Louisiana problem, some families are also trying to rebury family members whose caskets were unearthed by the floods.

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