Louisiana is reeling from this week's devastating flooding that swept parts of the state as the number of missing and displaced people continues to rise. As reports of looting surface, Baton Rouge Parish officials have established a curfew from the hours of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., which began Tuesday evening.
At least 14 people have been arrested in connection to looting reports in the Baton Rouge Parish. In Livingston, at least eight people were reported to have been arrested in connection to looting. The Advocate reported that local residents said home invasions took place during the floods.
“They took all the TV’s, everything they could get their hands on,” Elmira Perkins, a Baton Rouge local, said of her north Baton Rouge home. “Everything I had up high, all my appliances and stuff,” Perkins told the Advocate.
UPI reported that Sheriff Sid Gautreaux of the East Baton Rouge Parish received an executive order from Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards to instate the curfew. Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden had not set one in place amid the flooding crisis.
In a statement issued by Holden concerning the looting, he wrote, “We are not going to tolerate lawlessness of any kind or anywhere in our city […] No part of our city will be unprotected. If you break the law, you will be arrested and prosecuted. The protection of our city and its citizens are top priority.”
Other parishes in the state, including Ascension Parish, City of Central and Livingston Parish, all called for a curfew. Many begin as early as 8 p.m.
In what NBC reported to be one of the most destructive natural disasters since Hurricane Sandy in 2012, volunteers and emergency crews were clearing streets and offering aid to those affected by the floods.
Louisiana has been declared a major disaster area. It is estimated that 30 parishes have been declared disaster zones. 11 people have perished in the floods and 40,000 people have been affected by the fallout. 30,000 people were rescued from the floods, which began last Friday on Aug. 12.