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A man floats belongings down Old Hammond Highway near Flannery Road using an ice chest, during flooding, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016.

Verizon will allow residents in flooded areas to use certain stores to charge their phones, access the internet and make calls, regardless of carrier, the company announced Monday.

The services will be offered at these locations:

--3131 College Drive in Baton Rouge, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

--7415 Corporate Boulevard in Baton Rouge, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

--1104-E East Main Street in New Iberia, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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--3201 Louisiana Ave. in Lafayette, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“With many people being displaced as a result of the extreme rainfall and flooding, it's critically important for people to be able to communicate with their loved ones,” Verizon said in a news release.

On Sunday, a widespread AT&T outage frustrated residents in the Baton Rouge and Livingston areas, who began noticing the outage around 6 a.m.

AT&T attributed the outage to “power outages” and “significant flooding” caused by severe weather.

It was unclear Monday if AT&T service had been fully restored across the area.


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