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6 dead, thousands rescued as Louisiana reels from epic Gulf Coast flooding

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6 dead, thousands rescued as Louisiana reels from epic Gulf Coast flooding

Watch: Dramatic rescues in Louisiana

More than 20,000 people have been rescued and another 12,000 displaced as historic floods ravaged Louisiana over the weekend. Many had to be rescued via helicopter from their homes.

At least six people are known dead as of Monday.

There are 40,000 businesses and homes without power.

6 dead, thousands rescued as Louisiana reels from epic Gulf Coast flooding

Watch: Scenes of devastation

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said the state has never faced flooding like this before. As much as 20 inches of rain fell on parts of Louisiana, The Advertiser reports

In Baker, just north of Baton Rouge, many people slept at a makeshift Red Cross shelter only blocks away from their flooded homes and cars.

 Neighboring Mississippi also dealt with heavy rainfall. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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