WASHINGTON, 13th August, 2016 (WAM) — Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards called the widespread flooding spawned by the region’s pounding rainfall across the southern part of the state a “truly historic event” that won’t be over anytime soon.

The rainfall battered the parishes around Baton Rouge and is expected to move west, he said at a news conference Saturday.

There are record levels of flooding and cresting along rivers and creeks that will affect homes, roads, and driveways, he said.

“This is a major disaster,” the governor said as quoted by CNN. “This is an ongoing event and we are still in the response mode.”

The governor said at least two deaths have been confirmed and searches are being carried out.

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