Prepare Now for More Rain, Possible Flooding

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

BATON ROUGE (May 22, 2017) – The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) urges everyone to be aware of possible dangerous weather conditions and flooding for much of the state through Tuesday evening. More heavy rains are in the forecast forMonday and Tuesday in central and southern Louisiana. GOHSEP is prepared to respond to any call for support from our local partners. In addition to the rain threat, GOHSEP is hosting a conference call concerning the possible flood threat along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers. That call will include the National Weather Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, levee districts and parishes.

“Several inches of rain have already fallen in some areas over the weekend,” said GOHSEP Director James Waskom.  “Additional heavy rains today could cause serious problems, primarily with flash flooding.  If you must travel, remember never drive through flooded roadways. Download the ALERT FM App for emergency text notifications. Monitor the local media.  Look for watches and warnings from the National Weather Service.  For this type of weather threat, it is difficult to determine exactly where the most severe problems will develop. Maintaining awareness is one of the most important things you can do. ”

Here are the latest updates from the National Weather Service offices in Louisiana:

NWS New Orleans/Baton Rouge:



SLIGHT to MODERATE RISK of Excessive Rainfall and Flash Flooding (THIS IS THE PRIMARY THREAT)

MARGINAL RISK of severe weather


Heavy rain will come in waves.  Additional waves today and Tuesday.

Severe weather is possible this afternoon into this evening.


The heavy rain threat extends across the entire area, but the heavy rain *may* focus more over the south shore Today and Tuesday.

The marginal severe weather threat exists across the entire area.


We are confident that heavy rainfall will affect the area today and Tuesday, but are less confident in exactly where the heaviest rain will fall.

We have little confidence that any severe weather will occur.


  • Additional rainfall totals of 4 to 7 inches are expected, though locally higher amounts will be possible.  
  • Flash flooding will be possible
  • Rises on area rivers are expected, and a few points could reach action stage or minor flood stage
  • IF any storms become severe, the main threats would be damaging wind gusts and/or large hail.

NWS Lake Charles:

A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Monday evening.

1-2 inches of rain have fallen across much of the region.  2-3 inches of additional rainfall, with higher amounts possible, are expected late tonight through Monday. 

The flooding of roads, low lying areas and areas with poor drainage will be possible. If encountering flooded roadways, remember to turn around, don’t drown.

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.  Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

Find more tips on weather and preparedness on GOHSEP’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can receive emergency alerts on most smartphones and tablets by downloading the new Alert FM App.  It is free for basic service.  The Get A Game Plan App is another resource available to help you and your family prepare for any type emergency. You download the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide and find other information at

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