People Leave LA Cajun Country Ahead of Flooding

A lot of towns in Louisiana's Cajun country are just about empty as people continue to move to higher ground away from approaching floodwater.

It's coming from floodgates opened for the first time in nearly four decades to protect New Orleans and Baton Rouge, along with oil and chemical facilities.

The governor has asked that another 11 parishes be added to the 22 which will get expanded flood assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The FEMA assistance expansion, requested by Gov. Bobby Jindal, means eligible parishes could get reimbursement of 75 percent of the costs associated with flood response.

Officials say most people heeded the warnings as deputies all over Cajun country told residents to head for higher ground.

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