Monday, August 15, 2016

Stranded trucker ‘FaceTimes’ about flooding

We have more info on our website about the devastating flooding in southern Louisiana that’s killed six people so far and forced thousands more to evacuate from their homes. But we also wanted to share this story about one trucker who was stranded for more than 24 hours along Interstate 12 between Livingston and Holden.

Truck driver, Gator Inglis, Abita Springs, La., passed the time by posting videos and photos on social media, and even used the video-conferencing app FaceTime to check in with the folks at WLOX News while he waited.

Inglis told the TV station that the situation “is like a Hurricane Katrina flashback …”

As of Monday morning, both the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-12 remained closed between U.S. 61 and I-55 in Hammond, according to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. I-10 east and west remains closed between U.S. 165 and I-49, and between Siegen Lane and Louisiana Highway 73.

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Sunday that the federal government has declared a major disaster for the state of Louisiana. An hours-of-service waiver is temporarily in effect for drivers providing direct assistance in the emergency. The waiver expires Sept. 10.