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Epic flooding inundates Southern U.S. causing heavy property damage

At least six people have died as a result of heavy rain and flooding in the last week

Caution tape closes off this neighborhood in Drew, Miss., Friday, March 11, as floodwaters have affected areas in the Delta. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP Photo)
Caution tape closes off this neighborhood in Drew, Miss., Friday, March 11, as floodwaters have affected areas in the Delta. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP Photo)

The death toll from storms in at least seven Southern state rose to six Monday as residents of Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas watched for more flooding from heavy rains that inundated homes, forced evacuations, washed out roads and prompted thousands of rescues.

More than 24 inches of rain fell in the hardest-hit places, and the impacts are expected to continue for days or even weeks as rivers continue to rise, according to the Weather Channel

Heavy property damage

National Guard troops have helped rescue more than 3,000 people and 300 pets in Louisiana alone. Early reports indicate more than 4,958 homes in Louisiana have been damaged by flood waters. President Obama has issued a disaster declaration for parts of Louisiana.

As of Sunday afternoon, 185 homes were destroyed or significantly damaged in Mississippi and about 650 more sustained minor damage, according to the state.

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Mandatory evacuations were underway Monday in a Deweyvill, Texas, where more than 18 inches of rain have fallen over a five-day span causing the Sabine River, which forms part of the border between Louisiana and Texas, to rise to a record 31 feet.

In Springfield, Missouri, emergency management officials told residents late Sunday to stay home and avoid driving through dangerous flood conditions, according to NBC news.

Here are scenes from the ongoing devastation caused by flooding across the South: 

A speed limit sign is nearly covered by floodwaters in the Tall Timbers Haughton, La, subdivision Wednesday, March 9, 2016.

A speed limit sign is nearly covered by floodwaters in the Tall Timbers Haughton, La., subdivision Wednesday, March 9.  (Photo: Mike Silva/AP Photo)

Bossier City Firemen and volunteers help residents evacuate from rising water at the Pecan Valley Estates trailer park in Bossier City, La., Wednesday, March 9, 2016.

Bossier City firemen and volunteers help residents evacuate from rising water at the Pecan Valley Estates trailer park in Bossier City, La., Wednesday, March 9. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP Photo)

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vehicles lie in flood water, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, on Interstate-20 near the 55 mile marker near near Dubberly, La.

In this photo released by the Louisiana State Police, vehicles lie in flood water, Wednesday, March 9, on Interstate-20 near the 55 mile marker near Dubberly, La. Several parishes in northwest Louisiana have declared a state of emergency over widespread flooding, and the National Guard was sent in to help. The heavy rain flooded up to 80 homes, causing a nursing home near Minden to be evacuated, some high water rescues and water in the Webster Parish Courthouse. (Photo: Col. Mike Edmonson/Louisiana State Police via the Associated Press) 

Sam Breen tows his skiff as he helps his friend Roger Dove, not pictured, retrieve his dogs Edison, foreground, and Allie, from his home, as floodwater rises

Sam Breen tows his skiff as he helps his friend Roger Dove, not pictured, retrieve his dogs Edison, foreground, and Allie, from his home, as floodwater rises at the Pecan Valley Estates trailer park in Bossier City, La., Wednesday, March 9. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP Photo)

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The lid of a car trunk and the top of a mailbox show how high flood waters have reached in the Tall Timbers subdivision of Haughton , La.

The lid of a car trunk and the top of a mailbox show how high flood waters have reached in the Tall Timbers subdivision of Haughton, La., Wednesday, March 9. Severe thunderstorms have caused major flooding and closed all schools in the area. Several parishes in northwest Louisiana have declared a state of emergency over widespread flooding, and the National Guard is being sent in to help. (Photo: Mike Silva/AP Photo)

A mailbox, house and partially submerged cars are seen in rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016.

A mailbox, house and partially submerged cars are seen in rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10.  A second round of rain early Thursday hit an already inundated north Louisiana, where flooding in some places was up to the rooftops and in others submerged cars, stranded families and forced evacuations. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP Photo)

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A sedan sits underwater along Shaw Street in Drew, Miss., Friday, March 11, 2016

A sedan sits underwater along Shaw Street in Drew, Miss., Friday, March 11, as floodwaters have affected areas in the Delta. Rain kept falling in Mississippi Friday as rescuers plucked people from flash flooding and residents along Delta rivers sandbagged against rising waters. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP Photo)

Zavion Watson, right, pulls a boat full of relatives to dry land Friday, March 11, 2016, as they evacuate their homes on West Fontana Road in Independence, La.

Zavion Watson, right, pulls a boat full of relatives to dry land Friday, March 11, as they evacuate their homes on West Fontana Road in Independence, La., after heavy rains caused low areas to flood. (Photo: Scott Threlkeld/AP Photo)

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A man wades through flood waters in Hammond, La., Friday, March 11, 2016.

A man wades through flood waters in Hammond, La., Friday, March 11. Torrential rains pounded northern Louisiana for a fourth day Friday, trapping several hundred people in their homes, leaving scores of roads impassable and causing widespread flooding. (Photo: Scott Threlkeld/AP Photo)

Rowdy the dog finds refuge on an office chair in Harvey Cook's flooded home in Hammond, La., Friday, March 11, 2016

Rowdy the dog finds refuge on an office chair in Harvey Cook's flooded home in Hammond, La., Friday, March 11. (Photo: Scott Threlkeld/AP Photo)

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Firefighters rescue Independence, La. family from flood waters

Independence firefighter Chase Richard, left, lifts Lyliauna Sutherland, 9, from a boat Friday, March 11, after being evacuated with her family from their home on Highway 40 in Independence, La., after heavy rains caused low areas to flood. (Photo: Scott Threlkeld/AP Photo)

A motorist drives through flood waters in Hammond, La., Friday, March 11, 2016.

A motorist drives through flood waters in Hammond, La., Friday, March 11. (Photo: Scott Threlkeld/AP Photo)

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards surveys floods in Vinton, La., Sunday, March 13, 2016

In this photo provided by the Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards surveys floods in Vinton, La., Sunday, March 13. President Barack Obama has signed an order declaring Louisiana's widespread flooding from heavy rains a major disaster. (Photo: Col. Mike Edmonson/Louisiana State Police via the Associated Press)

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