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Thursday, 27 August 2020 22:44

Hurricane Laura Hits Louisiana Hard, Though Not as Destructive as Feared; At Least 4 Dead

Written by David Jacobs, The Center Square
Buildings and homes are flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura on Aug. 27 near Lake Charles, LA. Buildings and homes are flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura on Aug. 27 near Lake Charles, LA. David J. Phillip / AP

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Hurricane Laura was the most powerful storm on record to hit Louisiana, yet it still was not as destructive as was initially feared, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Aug. 27.

Four storm-related deaths have been confirmed, all caused by trees falling on buildings in Vernon, Jackson or Acadia parishes. More than 1,500 people have been mobilized for ongoing search-and-rescue operations.

 

Though Laura now is a tropical storm, it remains dangerous as it moves north, officials said. Edwards said rising water still is being reported in Vermilion Parish and farther east.

 

“Today is about saving lives,” he said.

 

A fire broke out early Aug. 27 at BioLab, a chlorine plant in Westlake. Nearby residents have been asked to shelter at home with windows and doors closed and the air conditioning turned off if they have electricity. State police, the Department of Environmental Quality and local fire departments have responded, and there has been no detection of chlorine in the air off site, State Fire Marshal Butch Browning said.

 

Laura blew the barge carrying Isle of Capri Casino in Lake Charles off its moorings and wedged it under the nearby Interstate-10 bridge. Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson said the barge has been dislodged. DOTD is inspecting the bridge for damage.


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