NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard and local agencies are rescuing people in flooded areas on Island Road in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, Saturday.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received an initial report at about 4:30 a.m. of people in distress due to flooding in the residential area of Island Road in Terrebonne Parish.
Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City launched a 24-foot Response Boat-Small boat crew and Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans launched a MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter aircrew. The aircrew rescued 11 people and two pets.
Later in the morning, the Coast Guard responded to a distress call from a 77-year-old man in Dulac, Louisiana, who was trapped in his home in four feet of water. Aircrews responded, hoisted the man and transported him to safety.
Hurricanes and tropical storms can be deadly, and the Coast Guard’s ability to conduct rescues continues to diminish as the storm approaches landfall and may be non-existent at the height of the storm. The public should be prepared, stay informed, heed storm warnings, and evacuate flood-prone areas if it is still safe to do so. People in distress should use 911 to request assistance whenever possible.