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Cots are set up at the Baton Rouge River Center on Aug. 15

Flood victims in shelters ease as water recedes

By Susan Buchanan
Contributing Writer

South Louisiana residents escaping floods by staying in shelters fell from a peak of over 11,000 early last week as water receded in spots. Meanwhile, the region’s shelters have consolidated since the first ones opened on August 11 in this month’s costly, storm-and-flood event. As of last week, a slow-moving system had destroyed or damaged at least 40,000 homes, Governor John Bel Edwards said.

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