Several Parts of South Louisiana Under Flash Flood Warnings
Flooding is causing problems across South Louisiana.
The National Weather Service declared a flash flood emergency Friday morning as rising water entered St. Helena Parish Hospital and a local nursing home and isolated the towns of Greenburg, Louisiana, and Osyka, Mississippi.
National Guard troops have gone out with big trucks to rescue residents in St. Helena Parish. Tangipahoa Parish officials told the Baton Rouge Advocate that about 75 people have been saved from flooded homes so far. Water rescues have also been reported in Centreville, Mississippi.
Several school districts are closed because of high water. The Tickfaw River reached a record flood stage of 13.33 feet at Liverpool, according to the NWS, and crests on the Amite and Comite Rivers are forecast to exceed record levels as well.
I-55 southbound was closed in St. Helena Parish Friday morning due to flooding, the Louisiana Department of Transportation reported, as was state route 427 in both directions in downtown Baton Rouge.
Up to 10 inches of rain had fallen in some locations across the region by Friday morning. The heavy rain will continue over Louisiana and Mississippi through at least Saturday morning.
The flash flood warning includes Iberville, Washington, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Livingston, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana and Ascension.
An additional two to five inches of rain are possible in these areas on top of the rain that has already caused road flooding.