Flood waters in Lake Charles are rising and rescues have already been conducted. Dick Gremillion with the Calcasieu Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says a rain band that came in at around 5 p.m. yesterday caused immediate flooding.
“We answered about 125 to 150 service calls, which equates to about 500 people, last night between 5 p.m. and 2 o’clock this morning.”
Gremillion says they are concerned about additional flooding as all drains are full. He says his staff is ready for anything but Harvey continues to be a very complicated storm to plan for.
“The forecast literally changes every six hours and as we’re speaking the track does bring that tropical storm right over our area right here.”
The Louisiana National Guard have been conducting rescues during the night in southwestern parishes and more Guardsman have been activated. Col. Ed Bush says the guard continues to preposition assets based on the storm track and are prepared to send out more Guardsmen to assist.
“We’ve got about 2,000 on full time duty like myself and we work every day and this is our focus. In addition, the governor authorized us to bring folks on as state active duty and we’ve got just under 400 on that.”
The National Guard is issuing MREs, bottles of water and sandbags. Bush says they are equipped with high water vehicles and boats for rescue operations.
“The aircraft, if things get to that point where we have to start doing some search and rescue and some observation stuff with the aircraft, it’s a different game but we’re prepared to go that route as well.”