The death toll from Hurricane Laura in Louisiana has now risen to 15.
The Louisiana Department of Health verifies an additional death in Rapides parish.
A 49-year-old man in the Alexandria area died from blunt force trauma while cutting down a tree.
Here are the details on the deaths across our state:
  • 14-year-old female, Vernon Parish, fallen tree
  • 51-year-old male, Jackson Parish, fallen tree
  • 68-year-old male, Acadia Parish, fallen tree
  • 64-year-old female, Allen Parish, fallen tree
  • Male, Calcasieu Parish, drowning
  • 24-year-old male, Calcasieu Parish, carbon monoxide poisoning from generator
  • 56-year-old female, Calcasieu Parish, carbon monoxide poisoning from generator
  • 61-year-old male, Calcasieu Parish, carbon monoxide poisoning from generator
  • 81-year-old female, Calcasieu Parish, carbon monoxide poisoning from generator
  • 72-year-old male, Calcasieu Parish, carbon monoxide poisoning from generator
  • 84-year-old male, Allen Parish, carbon monoxide poisoning from generator
  • 80-year-old female, Allen Parish, carbon monoxide poisoning from generator
  • 57-year-old male, Calcasieu Parish, head injury after falling from roof
  • One resident, Calcasieu Parish, carbon monoxide poisoning
  • 49-year-old male, Rapides Parish, storm cleanup
The Department of Health says cleaning up after a storm can also be a dangerous time and they urge residents to be extra careful and wear the proper safety gear.
Here are some other tips LDH has released:
  • Rest when you need to.
  • Decide which cleanup tasks are most important and focus on those first. That way, you’re less likely to be overwhelmed.
  • Get help lifting heavy or bulky objects. If you lift too much on your own, you could hurt yourself.
  • Try to work with other people, so you aren’t alone.
Anyone involved in storm cleanup should have had a booster dose of tetanus-diphtheria vaccine within the past 10 years.