Area under flash flood watch

Staff reports

Heavy rain is expected to move through the area Monday through Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

A flash flood warning has been issued for parts of Ascension and Livingston parishes through 6 p.m. Monday.

A flash flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring.

One to three inches of rain was in the forecast through Tuesday, with locally higher amounts of 4-6 inches possible.

Five roads in the parish were closed Monday afternoon due to high water:

• Amite River Road, Brignac

• Summerfield South Road, Summerfield

• Airport Road, Summerfield

• Paul Road Extension, Sorrento

• Hwy. 930,  north of Prairieville school

The entrance to Pelican Point subdivision (Hwy. 44) had been closed, but was reopened at around 2:45 p.m.

Three major river stages in the parish remained below flood stage:

• Bayou Manchac at Little Prairie: 6.07 feet at 8 a.m.; flood stage is 10 feet

• Amite River at Port Vincent: 4.75 feet at 11:15 a.m.; flood stage is 8 feet

• Amite River near French Settlement: 3.45 feet at 9 a.m.; flood stage is 4 feet

East Ascension Drainage Director Bill Roux said that all five pumps at the parish’s Marvin Braud pumping facility at McElroy continue to run at full capacity. Virtually all the east bank of Ascension Parish drains into the Amite basin.

For more information, see the Gonzales forecast at: forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php