Rain, flooding leads to unearthed, floating coffins in Louisiana

WALKER, La. (AP/INSIDE EDITION) - Coffins unearthed by deadly flooding in Louisiana were spotted floating down a street lined with houses over the weekend.

According to the Walker Police Department, the caskets had floated up from the St. Mark's Cemetery in Baton Rouge Friday afternoon as a result of the flooding.

Some people spotted caskets drifting, while others saw entire burial vaults in the floodwaters.

After the police department shared the eerie image on their Facebook page, those with relatives buried in the cemetery spoke out to share their concern.

"I have family buried here," one person commented. "It is so sad."

Another wrote: "My daddy's wife is buried here. I feel so sorry for her children."

Tuesday, the Louisiana Department of Health is confirming an eighth death from the floods in the Baton Rouge area.

Spokeswoman Samantha Faulkner says the latest death occurred in East Baton Rouge Parish. Further details about the death were not immediately available.

The storm-related deaths include four people in East Baton Rouge Parish, two in St. Helena Parish and two in Tangipahoa Parish.  

State officials say more than 20,000 people have been rescued from their homes and more than 11,000 people are in shelters after a slow-moving storm system dumped nearly 2 feet of rain in some areas over the weekend.

One man scrambled to rescue nearly a dozen dogs in his car before searching for shelter from the floods.

"It was two inches when I left this morning," the man could be heard saying in footage by WAFB, "it's now about three feet in my house."

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