Extreme Flooding Damages Nearly 5,000 Louisiana Homes

PHOTO: The lid of a car trunk and the top of a mailbox show how high flood waters have reached in the Tall Timbers subdivision of Haughton, La., March 9, 2016. PlayMike Silva/AP Photo
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Thousands of Louisiana residents have been evacuated -- and that number continues to climb, officials say -- after extreme flooding struck the South this week.

Initial reports indicate more than 4,958 homes in Louisiana were damaged, the governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said today.

The preliminary numbers don’t include all regions in the state still responding to flood-related emergencies, the office said. Nearly 2 feet of rain have fallen in parts of Louisiana this week.

PHOTO: A car sits in flooded water at Nashs Express convenience store in Hammond, La., March 11, 2016. Scott Threlkeld/AP Photo
A car sits in flooded water at Nash's Express convenience store in Hammond, La., March 11, 2016.

"This crisis is not over," the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said today. "The National Weather Service indicates thunderstorms and a potential of severe weather are forecast this evening in Northwest Louisiana, which could cause even more problems."

PHOTO: Rowdy the dog finds refuge on an office chair in Harvey Cooks flooded home in Hammond, La., March 11, 2016, after heavy rains caused low areas to flood. Scott Threlkeld/AP Photo
Rowdy the dog finds refuge on an office chair in Harvey Cook's flooded home in Hammond, La., March 11, 2016, after heavy rains caused low areas to flood.

At least four people have died in Louisiana from the weather, The Associated Press said.

Col. Pete Schneider, a Louisiana National Guardsman, told the AP this was the most widespread non-hurricane flooding the Louisiana National Guard has handled.