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Severe storms on Monday bring flooding to Lake Charles

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Posted at 6:07 PM, May 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-17 21:08:53-04

In Lake Charles, heavy downpours and threats of tornadoes battered the city on Monday

Due to prolonged heavy rains, many streets became flooded and impassable. Vehicles were seen stuck in the rising waters.

Videos from residents showed high waters and strong winds, with some residents opting for alternative methods to get around.

The Sheriff's Office asked residents to stay off roadways urging them to stay in place if possible. See more here

On Monday evening, Two dozen SFM personnel with nine boats have deployed to the Lake Charles area to assist Lake Charles Fire Department with flood response.

As of 8:00 pm nearly 30 rescues and/or requests to evacuate were worked, the State Fire Marshal's Office said.

Flooding in Lake Charles - Richard churchman
School bus drives through flooded streets - Richard churchman
Parking lot begins lake in Lake Charles - Richard Churchman
Severe flooding in Lake Charles - Riley James

*Video was provided by Richard Churchman and James Riley courtesy of ABC News.*

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