Extreme Flooding Damages Nearly 5,000 Louisiana Homes

Thousands of residents had to be evacuated.

— -- Thousands of Louisiana residents have been evacuated -- and that number continues to climb, officials say -- after extreme flooding struck the South this week.

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.

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.