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Remember those 6 high-water vehicles the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office added to their department back in 2018? They deployed 3 of the vehicles today due to the heavy flooding of roadways in the Lake Charles area.

According to a media release from Kim Myers, numerous calls came into CPSO today forcing them to deploy 3 of the high-water vehicles, 5 CPSO Marine Division 4-wheel drive trucks, both with 2 man teams, and approximately 8 patrol deputies answering "only" flood-related calls. There were 10 rescues of residents from their homes in South Lake Charles, and 32 people stranded in their vehicles on flooded roadways, said Myers.

“Today is the first time we have had to deploy our high-water vehicles that we procured in June 2018.  We are very fortunate to have them when we have flooding incidents like the one today,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “These vehicles proved to be invaluable in rescuing people in their homes and cars.”

The high-water vehicles can be driven through three feet of water, and they're positioned throughout the parish.