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Rising floodwater leaves thousands homeless in Louisiana

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Louisiana Army National Guard members rescue people from rising waters near Walker on Sunday. Courtesy Photo

BATON ROUGE — Robert and Gwen Arceneaux endured a sleepless night Sunday after noticing floodwater creeping into their home — in a neighborhood that had never seen water before.

They gathered up their dogs and a few bags of belongings and fled out the back door, eventually wading through waist-deep water to a passing National Guard truck — joining the more than 20,000 people rescued from their homes in a still-growing tragedy across southern Louisiana.

Now safe at a movie studio-lot-turned-shelter their worries weren’t over, as they tried to get medication for Robert, who suffers from lung cancer.

“We need to get somewhere

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