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Residents head for higher ground to escape Lake Tangipahoa flooding

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Water levels are rising in the Roseland area. Water levels are rising in the Roseland area.

The scene at Lake Tangipahoa remained eerily quiet on Thursday, but water levels continued to rise elsewhere, so some residents are moving to safety.

One of those places is Roseland, located just north of Amite in Tangipahoa Parish.

"It's about the second time I've ever seen it and I've lived here all my life," said Mike Easley.

Those conditions forced the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office to conduct resident rescues and door-to-door evacuations all day long.

Many heeded the warning and left their homes behind. However, others decided to stay put.

"My dad has lived here his whole life," said Jessica Lott. "They have never had a problem with it because there is a big drop and it would have to rise 50 feet to affect our house."

Gerald Osborne and his family were affected, forced to rescue his goats and horses from chest-deep water.

"Luckily, they were able to get in the barn up high, so we brought them out one by one and we wheeled on out," Osborne explained.

For Osborne, the decision to wheel on out was an easy one to make when mandatory evacuations came down.

"You pick up and you grab what's important to you and you get out."

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