At least three people dead and huge rescue effort under way after heavy rain causes rivers and creeks to burst their banks

Emergency crews plucked motorists from cars stranded by high water along a seven-mile stretch of highway in southern Louisiana and pulled others from inundated homes and waist-deep waters, conducting at least 2,000 rescues.

Pounding rains swamped parts of south-east Louisiana, leaving whole subdivisions and shopping centres looking isolated by flood waters, which have claimed at least three lives.

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Source: Guardian Environment