Devastating Flood – Two Confirmed Dead in Louisiana, 1,000 Rescued
Deadly floods continue to ravage the state of Louisiana Saturday. Two people are confirmed to have passed away in the flood, over 1000 rescued and Louisiana State Governor, John Bel Edwards, declared a state of emergency.
Heavy rain continues to fall on Saturday with some cities receiving over two feet of rain since Thursday. By Saturday morning, Brownsfield, LA recorded over 26 inches of rain.
This has prompted major flooding of historic proportions across the region with many local rivers cresting at record levels.
This is certainly not over,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards,” in a news conference Saturday morning. “The rain continues to fall in the areas that have been most impacted already. This is a very slow-moving, low pressure system.”
The National Weather Service has expanded the Flash Flood Emergency through most of the afternoon in these affected areas and are calling it a “Particularly Dangerous Situation.”
“Because these are record floods, we don’t know how wide the water is going to get in these areas,” said Gov. Edwards.
Numerous evacuations are underway and dozens of parishes have issued curfews.
The Tickfaw river at Holden, LA has climbed over the record stage of 21.0′ with a height of 22.02′ and it’s still climbing. The National Weather Service expects this river to crest at 26.5′ Sunday afternoon and remain in major flood stage through Wednesday.
The Amite River at Denham Springs also climbed over the record flood stage of 41.5′. As of Saturday morning, the river level was at 42.73′ and still climbing. The forecast calls the river to crest Sunday afternoon at 46′.
Over 1,200 National Guard soldiers have been deployed to north-central Louisiana to assist with additional rescues. Crews are utilizing a Blackhawk Helicopter to assist.
Officials are urging everyone to stay off the roads as dozens of state roads have been closed– many washed out.
An additional 4-8″ is possible before the rain comes to an end across the hardest hit communities.
The stalled low will finally start to move as upper level winds increase from the west. Additionally, a stalled front will feed off the moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and result in a flash flood flood threat for the Mid West. Rainfall totals may exceed 6″ along the stationary front– as far north as Ohio.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Nick Merianos