BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — Flooding from Hurricane Isaac prevented firefighters on the Mississippi Gulf Coast from getting to a burning house Tuesday before flames consumed the structure.
The house, raised on stilts, was in a low-lying Bay St. Louis neighborhood that was ordered evacuated Monday.
Emergency responders could not get a fire truck into the area south of Interstate 10. They eventually got a dump truck and a boat and went to see if anybody was in the home. Nobody was there and the fire had not spread to any other structures or vehicles.
An Associated Press reporter rode along on the boat through flood waters that were several feet deep.
Bay St. Louis Fire Chief Pam Sanfillippo says she'd never had a situation where flooding prevented fire trucks from getting to a blaze.