Police Officer Rodney Smith drowned when his patrol car was washed into a flooded field off of Bernal Avenue.
The area had become flooded as a result of the overflowing Bayou de Chien. He was checking the area when he went missing at approximately 9:15 pm. Multiple agencies responded to the area and began a massive search. His body and patrol were located separately in a flooded field off of Bernal Avenue the following morning.
Officer Smith is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, and mother.