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Ike brings serious flooding to Louisiana coast

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Officials along the Louisiana coast are
reporting serious flooding from Hurricane Ike.

Now that the winds are calming, rescue teams are starting to
venture out and answer calls for help.

Hundreds of homes have been flooded. Gov. Bobby Jindal says 160 people were rescued Friday and more would likely need help Saturday.

Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach says flooding there is worse than
in Hurricane Rita three years ago.

Ike's storm surge has breached levees and flooded areas still recovering from Hurricane Gustav earlier this month.

In Plaquemines Parish near New Orleans, sheriff's spokesman Maj.
John Marie says floodwaters are higher than in Hurricanes Katrina
and Rita.

Only one injury has been reported there, a deputy whose vehicle hit a submerged levee.


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