BATON ROUGE (A.A.P.). — The coastal lowlands of Louisiana faced a new flood crisis from the Gulf of Mexico yesterday as rising streams to the north forced 15,000 persons from their homes.

While rivers, swollen by heavy rains, poured tons of water towards the gulf, the coastal residents braced themselves against the possibility of inundation from the wind-whipped sea.

Observers believed the crisis would come today. If the tides remained moderate for another 24 hours, they said, there was a chance that the danger would pass. The stricken area is a broad belt arching from the south-west corner of the state, near the Texas border, through central Louisiana to the east central boundary with Mississippi. The belt is more than 200 miles long and 100 miles wide at points.

Four cargo planes flew to Carswell near Fort Worth, Texas, on Monday to airlift 27,000 lb. of tents and beds to flood victims evacuated from their homes.

The State Agriculture Commissioner placed crop damage alone at 100 million dollars. Damage to roads and private property would run into more millions.

Source: The Examiner (Launceston, Tasmania)