SIOUX CITY | Sioux City's sister city, Lake Charles, Louisiana, was partially spared from the catastrophic Hurricane Harvey as it made its third landfall early Wednesday at the Texas-Louisiana border.
Harvey appeared to have produced little damage overnight in southwest Louisiana, where hundreds of people were rescued from floodwaters earlier this week, officials said. Harvey’s heaviest rains continued to stay west of Louisiana, just across the Sabine River in Texas.
Lake Charles, located in the southwest region of Louisiana, recorded less than an inch of rain overnight. Earlier this week, a heavy band of rainfall forced hundreds of people to evacuate from a neighborhood in Lake Charles, which has numerous lakes and waterways running through the city.
The sister cities of Lake Charles and Sioux City have forged a relationship for 22 years by sending delegates back and forth between the similarly sized towns for Mardi Gras festivities.
Lake Charles resident John Chavanne, who has traveled to Sioux City for 20 straight years, said his home downtown has been relatively undamaged.
"We got very lucky, because 50 miles west of us on (Interstate 10), Texas is experiencing catastrophic flooding," Chavanne, a fashion designer, emailed Wednesday. "I believe our city is expecting to house many of those displaced in southeast Texas flooding."
Tens of thousands have had to be evacuated as Harvey initially came ashore as a Category 4 hurricane in southeast Texas last Friday. It then went back out to sea and lingered off the coast as a tropical storm for days, inundating flood-prone Houston. Rescue efforts for those stranded continue as the storm exits the area and heads northeast.
Harvey’s five straight days of rain totaled close to 52 inches, the heaviest tropical downpour ever recorded in the continental U.S. The confirmed death toll from the hurricane climbed to more than 20 Wednesday.