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Mayor of Jean Lafitte says rescue boats will be arriving soon after levee failure

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Posted at 11:24 PM, Aug 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-30 00:53:07-04

The Mayor of Jean Lafitte sent out a message to residents on Sunday night after many were left stranded in their homes due to rising waters.

Mayor Tim Kerner Jr. wrote on Facebook that rescue boats would be out to residents as soon as weather permitted.

Rescue teams are being put together to rescue the over 200 people believed to be in immediate or imminent danger after the tidal surge levees overtopped.

Residents were asked to either message the mayor or call 911 to be placed on the rescue list.

Those not in imminent danger were asked to wait.

Jean Lafitte and the surrounding areas were placed under a mandatory evacuation on Saturday.

"Please prepare yourself if you live inside the tidal surge system," his post read. "If you need help please call 504-382-0151 504-377-6217 or 504-722-6808."

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