In the midst of what’s expected to be a massive flooding event, residents in the community of Jeffersonville have received the latest in emergency preparedness tips.
Residents have been told to shelter in place, lock doors, and stay in vehicles.
“I think we’re going to see some water, especially along the streets, and then it’s going to be very slow to get back to the city,” Jeffersonville resident Toni Lefevre said.
With the lake rising at a rate of about 12 feet a second, the city has received calls for help from as far away as San Diego, New York and Philadelphia.
As of Tuesday morning, the Jeffersonville Fire Department said more than 1,000 people had been evacuated and 1,500 people were sheltering in place.
More than 1.6 million gallons of water have been pumped out of Lake Charles and more than 6 million gallons are still in the reservoir.
Officials said they expected more rain to arrive on Wednesday.