Tracking Barry: People who refused to evacuate had to be rescued

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(CNN) Hurricane Barry is unleashing powerful winds and heavy rains as it targets the Louisiana coast. More than three feet of water is already covering roads in Cocodrie, about 85 miles southwest of New Orleans.

It’s the same area where Coast Guard officials used a chopper to rescued 12 people who decided not to follow mandatory evacuation orders. Kayla Bertucci spoke with a local sheriff about the conditions.

Here’s a transcript of that interview

Kayla Bertucci/ Reporting:

“The wind has really picked up here in Cocodrie and I’m sitting here with Chief Deputy Terry Diagre. Talk to me about what we’re seeing right behind you.”

Chief Deputy Terry Diagre/ Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office:

“So right behind us south of the floodgate what you see is the effects of the storm surge. We’re up about three foot of water over the road which probably means the water had to come up somewhere in the ballpark of seven or eight feet overnight.”

Kayla Bertucci/ Reporting:

“And this morning you got a phone call where the Coast Guard had to get involved. Talk to me about some of the people who decided that they were not going to evacuate.”

Chief Deputy Terry Diagre/ Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office:

“Yeah. So there was an evacuation order in effect for anything south of the Morganza to the Gulf Levee System. We had some people on Island Road which is on Pointe Aux Chene to the east of us that ignored that warning decided to stay in their residence. Then during the early morning hours this morning had to call for help, started taking on a lot of water. Their houses were flooded. I’m not exactly sure how much water was inside the house but multiple feet of water inside that residence. They couldn’t get to safety. They reached out to us for assistance. Unfortunately by that time the water levels and the weather condition at that time, we didn’t personally have the equipment to go and rescue them. We had to make a phone call the Coast Guard and thankfully Coast Guard was able to go in with a helicopter and get them out.”

Kayla Bertucci/ Reporting:

“And we do have a mandatory order to stay inside until 10:00 a.m. And do you know if that’s going to extend in Terrebone Parish?”

Chief Deputy Terry Diagre/ Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office:

“We do have a curfew order in effect the sheriff signed yesterday it was from 10:00 p.m. last night till 10:00 a.m. this morning. As of right now it is still going to be suspended at 10:00 but they are coming out of a meeting right now to make some further discussions that will be decided if it’s gonna be extended real shortly.”

Kayla Bertucci/ Reporting:

“All right. Thank you so much. So you heard it here at Terrebone Parish. You have a curfew until 10:00 a.m. when you get back on the roads and I would advise that just based on how windy it is outside right now but we will definitely keep you updated on the situation happening here in Cocodrie .”

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