Major Flooding in the Southern United States Continues

By Guillermo Duralde,
Domestic News Assistant Editor

With the rise in global temperatures and more and more incidents of serious weather related events, the damages are becoming more and more severe and wider spread.

Earlier this week, the Sabine River, which borders Louisiana and Texas, flooded towns and cities on both sides of the border. In Deweyville, Texas, the flooding reached an all-time high of 33.24 feet and in north-central Louisiana, the Red River in Alexandria hit its highest level since the early 1940s, cresting at over 40 feet for the first time in the area since 1958.

The residents in these cities and towns in Texas and Louisiana have experienced many hardships over the past year, with Blake Cooper, executive director of the Central Louisiana Regional Port saying “This is the third time within a year that we’ve had a significant high water event. It’s devastating to the river.”

In addition to the damages traditionally associated with serious flooding such as road closures, homes being damaged, and businesses being affected the southwestern part of the state have been dealing with something that is very troublesome.

According to local TV station KPLC, the record flooding in Louisiana has resulted in low-lying cemeteries seeing many of their caskets being unearthed and flowing down the streets.

This is not something new to the region because of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and again because of Hurricane Ike in 2008.

As a community, seeing the unearthed caskets floating down the streets can “be not only heartbreaking but also dangerous for loved ones to attempt to retrieve concrete vaults and caskets.”

As of this Friday, Interstate I-10 was closed for the fourth consecutive day going in both directions at the Louisiana-Texas border.

Reports from the AP cited sources that no timeline was given for the reopening of the I-10 but “Texas authorities said I-10 would reopen when ‘water has receded and the roadway has been evaluated for any damage.’”

The only problem facing the authorities on both sides of the border is the fact that the storms aren’t letting up and there is no way of knowing how fast or when the flooding is going to recede.

Authorities have advised travelers to use Interstate 20 to travel across the border for the time being until there is a significant drop in the water levels and the respective authorities can assess the damages.

In the meantime, many individuals continue to keep these individuals in their thoughts.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, March 22nd print edition.

Contact Guillermo at
guillermo.duralde@student.shu.edu

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