Louisiana Flood Emergency Declared – Rising Waters Force Evacuations and Road Closures
Several Parishes in NW Louisiana have declared a State of Emergency as a result of rapidly rising flood waters. The National Guard has been sent as added reinforcement to help with high water rescues.
So far those include: Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto and Webster Parishes.
Louisiana State Police closed a section of Interstate 20 near Gibsland after both the eastbound and westbound lanes were covered with a foot of water, making the road impassible.
Portions of I-49 are shut down at Kingston Drive in Shreveport along with many other smaller access roads that are water covered and also impassable.
The heavy rain has flooded up to 80 homes even causing a nursing home near Minden, LA to be evacuated.
Heavy rain is expected to continue for NW Louisiana through the day today with no relief in sight until at least early tomorrow afternoon. There is also the threat of severe storms looming across much of the State of Louisiana and even some neighboring counties in and along the Texas Coast. The primary concern with any strong storms today (inside yellow shaded area below) includes damaging, straight-line winds and a possible isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
Stay Weather Aware.
(Video: Residents Saved from Greenway Apartments in Greenwood Louisiana)