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Two Major Interstates May Close Due to Flooding

9179_1285079484841972_3645023268937979281_nDue to flooding, Interstate 59 at the Mississippi/Louisiana state line in Pearl River County and Interstate 10 in Hancock County may close today according to Mississippi Department of Transportation.

With the continued rise of the Pearl River through late Monday or early Tuesday, Pearl River County residents who work or seek medical care in the State of Louisiana should prepare for the possibility that flood waters may cover portions of Interstate 59 between the Mississippi/Louisiana State Line and Pearl River, Louisiana. It is important to make an emergency plan now in the event I-59 becomes impassable and is shut down.

Routes are currently open, but authorities are asking the public to plan ahead and check travel routes before you leave home or work in the event there are closures to avoid congestion and delays.

If these closures should occur, congestion will be a major issue in the affected areas. To prepare, commercial traffic and the traveling public should plan alternate routes NOW. Mississippi Department of Transportation and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) crews are on-site with traffic control and message boards in the potentially impacted areas.

Due to rising river levels, the LA 21 bridge over the Bogue Chitto River has been closed. Detour LA10 to LA 25. Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD)Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency PreparednessOffice of Governor John Bel EdwardsSt. Tammany ParishWashington Parish

Posted by Louisiana State Police on Saturday, March 12, 2016

EOC Director Danny Manley, Pine Grove Fire Chief Steven Seal, Pine Grove VFD Volunteer Firefighters, and MS Game Wardens have conducted eight rescue operations in the Walkiah Bluff area, rescuing approximately twelve residents along with their pets.

Waters in the Walkiah Bluff area and along the Pearl River are forecast to continue rising through late Monday or early Tuesday. If you have not voluntarily evacuated, or decided to shelter in place, and are in need of assistance please call 911.

Troop D (Southwest Louisiana) Road Closure and Flood Information:Current Road Closures:*Beauregard Parish: … -LA 389 to LA 109 from Merryville to Fields due to water over roadway.-US 190 Milepost 3.5 to Texas Line due to water over the roadway.-LA 109 to LA 12 from Fields to Starks due to water over the roadway.*Calcasieu Parish:-LA 12 Milepost 3.5 to Texas Line in Starks due to water over the roadway.-Most parish roads near Starks, west of LA 109, are now closed due to rising water.-The Sabine River turnaround (under the I-10 Sabine River Bridge) at the Texas state line is closed due to water over the roadway.Evacuations by the Beauregard Office of Emergency Preparedness and the Calcasieu Office of Emergency Preparedness are ongoing for residences near the Sabine River corridor. In Allen Parish, LA 26 crossing the Ouiska Chitto Creek is still high but is not impacting the roadway. LA 10 at the Calcasieu River in Oakdale has not been impacted by water on the road. However, several rescues were conducted and multiple homes were damaged.LSP urges citizens and motorists to refrain from unnecessary travel in affected areas. Never drive through flood waters or around barricades. Stay informed of road and weather conditions in your area. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!•Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.•Do not drive into flooded roadways or around a barricade•Water may be deeper than it appears and can hide many hazards (sharp objects, washed out road surfaces, electrical wires, chemicals, etc).•A vehicle caught in swiftly moving water can be swept away in a matter of seconds. Twelve inches of water can float a car or small SUV and 18 inches of water can carry away large vehicles.•If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.Road closures and detours can be found using the Louisiana Traveler Information System through several different methods including the 511 phone system, www.511la.org, LA DOTD Twitter accounts, and the “Way to Geaux” smartphone application. Depending on the method utilized, the traveler information system allows access to valuable resources such as current road reports on crashes, weather related closures, and construction as well as real time traffic camera views. Motorists that witness hazardous road conditions and/or reckless drivers are urged to call *LSP (*577) and report that activity to the nearest Louisiana State Police Troop headquarters.

Posted by Louisiana State Police on Monday, March 14, 2016

The EOC has not received any reports of school closures for Monday, March 14, 2016.

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