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WATCH: Torrential Rainfall Leads to Heavy Flooding Across Louisiana

2 May 2016, 12:34 pm

LA Flood

Parts of Louisiana experiencing the worst flooding in recent years on Sunday as more than 10 inches of rain fell across parts of southern Louisiana in less than 24 hours prompting many businesses, schools, roads, and previously scheduled events to cancel for Monday.

Flooding rain wasn’t the only problem on Sunday. Severe storms also played a part dropping small hail and yielding strong winds.

Due to the already saturated ground conditions and with more rain in the forecast, some are worried it might get worse before it gets better. Saturated grounds will lead to rapid runoff when more rain moves in and with nowhere for the water to go, more flash flooding is imminent by Monday afternoon.

Currently, the southern half of the state is under a Flash Flood Watch until tonight meaning conditions will be favorable for more localized flash flooding.

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River and creek levels are swelling fast with most area creeks currently sitting just below flood stage. This is primarily concentrated around I-10 corridor and the bodies of water in close proximity such as Bayou Vermilion near Carencro, LA (north of Baton Rouge) which is currently sitting at moderate flood stage, very close to breaching its banks.

NWS Lead Forecaster in Lake Charles, LA, Donovan Landreneau, says this event is in close comparison to the extensive flooding the region experienced in the year 2012. Landreneau also states, while water can recede with brief breaks in the rain, flooding can resume rather quickly as the rain picks back up.

Local reports suggests area schools and businesses will remain close on Monday and possibly Tuesday if flood waters do not recede in enough time. Local officials encourage folks to seek higher ground and prepare for more flooding this afternoon. Emergency Management also warns residents to stay out of flood waters. There could be floating electrical lines or sharp debris in the water along with strong currents that could sweep you off your feet.

Here is a look at more of our discussion with NWS Lead Forecaster in Lake Charles, LA Donovan Landreneau

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