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One Killed in Louisiana Rains - State Of Emergency Declared

Torrential downpours in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi caused flooding on Friday that killed at least two men, left two people injured and forced residents to evacuate homes throughout the region, officials said.

Pounding rain over the past two days led Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to declare a state of emergency, and forced the closure of schools, government offices and many roads.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch into the weekend for parts of southern Mississippi and southeastern Louisiana, including New Orleans.

The severe weather comes five months after March flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi that left at least four dead and thousands of homes damaged.

The body of a 68-year-old man was recovered near Baker, Louisiana, near the state capital of Baton Rouge, after he drowned while attempting to evacuate, said William "Beau" Clark, coroner in East Baton Rouge Parish.

In northern Louisiana, the body of an unidentified man was recovered from a pickup truck that had been swept off a highway near the town of Greensburg, the St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office said.

Officials advised area residents to boil water and imposed a curfew, the sheriff's office said.

In Mississippi, water rescues were conducted throughout the day and two people were reported with minor injuries in Harrison County, where roads were reopened by the afternoon, the state's Emergency Management Agency said.

Two counties, Pike and Amite, were experiencing flash and river flooding after being inundated with more than 10 inches (25.4 cm) of rain since midnight, said Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Lee Smithson.

The Tangipahoa, Biloxi and Pearl rivers all were flooding, he said.

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Dacia Winters, left, embraces Ryan Ficca, center, and Stormy Winters after they were evacuated in a Louisiana National Guard high water vehicle from rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. Heavy rain has forced evacuations and caused flash flooding for more than a day. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A Louisiana National Guardsman wades through water as residents are evacuated by boat through rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Sarah Yatcko, left, hands her son Tucker Neal to her father Jim Yatcko, as they are assisted by Bossier County Sheriff personnel from a boat to a high water vehicle while being evacuated from their home during rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Residents are evacuated by boat through rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Sarah Yatcko, left, holds her son Tucker Neal as they are evacuated by boat by Bossier County Sheriff personnel during rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Sarah Yatcko carries her son Tucker Neal as they climb into the front seat of a Bossier County Sheriff high water vehicle while being evacuated from their home during rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Sarah Yatcko, left, holds her son Tucker Neal as they are evacuated by boat with her father Jim Yatcko, by Bossier County Sheriff personnel during rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Two men secure two horses in rising floodwaters as a Bossier Parish Sheriff truck passes in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. Heavy rain has forced evacuations and caused flash flooding for more than a day. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Louisiana National Guard and Bossier Parish Sheriff personnel help people out of a vehicle after they were evacuated during rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. Heavy rain has forced evacuations and caused flash flooding for more than a day. AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
People sit in the back of a Louisiana National Guard truck as they are evacuated from rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. Thousands had been evacuated by Thursday morning as a second round of rain hit an already inundated northern Louisiana, where flooding in some places was up to the rooftops and in others submerged cars, stranded families. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A mailbox, house and partially submerged cars are seen in rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. A second round of rain early Thursday hit an already inundated north Louisiana, where flooding in some places was up to the rooftops and in others submerged cars, stranded families and forced evacuations. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A truck passes through rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. A second round of rain early Thursday hit an already inundated north Louisiana, where flooding in some places was up to the rooftops and in others submerged cars, stranded families and forced evacuations. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A partially submerged truck sits in rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. A second round of rain early Thursday hit an already inundated north Louisiana, where flooding in some places was up to the rooftops and in others submerged cars, stranded families and forced evacuations. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A man stands in rising floodwaters as a Bossier Parish Sheriff truck passes through rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. A second round of rain early Thursday hit an already inundated north Louisiana, where flooding in some places was up to the rooftops and in others submerged cars, stranded families and forced evacuations. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Joe and Mariew Tovar are transported in a Bossier Parish Sheriff truck to return to their home to retrieve belongings during rising floodwaters in in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. A second round of rain early Thursday hit an already inundated north Louisiana, where flooding in some places was up to the rooftops and in others submerged cars, stranded families and forced evacuations. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A man paddles a child during rising floodwaters in the Golden Meadows subdivision in Bossier City, La., Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Sam Breen tows his skiff as he helps his friend Roger Dove, not pictured, retrieve his dogs Edison, foreground, and Allie, from his home, as floodwater rises at the Pecan Valley Estates trailer park in Bossier City, La., Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
People motor through rising floodwaters at the Pecan Valley Estates trailer park in Bossier City, La., Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Roger Dove rides in a friend's skiff to retrieve his pets and some belongings from his home in rising water at the Pecan Valley Estates trailer park in Bossier City, La., Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A man paddles a child while a dog playfully follows during rising floodwaters in the Golden Meadows subdivision in Bossier City, La., Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A car is seen partially submerged during rising floodwater at the Pecan Valley Estates trailer park in Bossier City, La., Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Sam Breen paddles his skiff as he helps his friend Roger Dove, not pictured, retrieve his pets and some belongings from his home in rising water at the Pecan Valley Estates trailer park in Bossier City, La., Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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In Tangipahoa Parish, near Baton Rouge, Sheriff Daniel Edwards said rivers were rising quickly, and authorities expected more evacuations to be carried out during the day.

"I'm already seeing housing taking on water. If we get much more rain, we're going to have quite a few homes flooded," said Edwards, brother of Louisiana's governor, in a phone interview.

Amtrak halted a southbound train from Chicago en route to New Orleans due to water on the tracks near Osyka, Mississippi. It plans to bus passengers from Jackson to New Orleans, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said in a statement.

(Additional reporting by Colleen Jenkins in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Writing by Chris Prentice; Editing by Sandra Maler and Simon Cameron-Moore)

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