Livingston Parish residents fill sandbags in Denham Springs during a severe storm on Friday, August 12, 2016.

Advocate photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

Six people, so far, have died in the 2016 flood, according to the Louisiana Department of Health.

Two people died in East Baton Rouge Parish. A 68-year-old man evacuating his mobile home, fell into high water and drowned, according to the Health Department. And a 40-year-old woman was found in her vehicle that had been covered with high water.

In St. Helena Parish, a 54-year-old man died when his vehicle was swept off La. Hwy. 10 by flood waters and a 44-year-old woman was killed when her vehicle was washed off the roadway.

A 59-year-old man in Tangipahoa City was walking along La. Hwy. 440 and was swept away by the current. And female’s body was recovered from Cherokee Beach in Tangipahoa Parish. No age was given by authorities.

The state agency confirmed the deaths are flood related after reviewing the reports of local coroners. The official numbers differ from those reported by local government and the news media.

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