NEWS

Flash flood watch in effect for parts of southeast Louisiana, south Mississippi

Staff Report
A flash flood watch is in effect for the Baton Rouge area, the northshore, and parts of southern Mississippi.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for parts of southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi until early Wednesday.

Forecasters are expecting heavy rainfall with probabilities of one to two inches from the system, according to NWS. Locally heavier amounts are likely.

NWS' map as of Monday afternoon showed areas mostly north of the Interstate 10 and Interstate 12 corridor, though Ascension and Iberville parishes are included on the southern side.

A person in Englewood, N.J. uses an umbrella in a file photo.

Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness monitoring weather

The Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness announced it had been monitoring the potential severe weather event anticipated.

As shared via social media, OHSEP reported as of 2 p.m.:

  • Tornadoes possible and strong damaging winds are the main threats.
  • Large hail is possible.
  • There is a slight risk of heavy rainfall.
  • Two to three inches of rainfall. Rainfall rates of two to five inches per hour will be possible.
  • Sustained winds will be 20-25 miles per hour gusting 35-40 ahead ad behind the system.
  • A wind advisory will likely be issued for Tuesday.

Ascension Parish Public Schools closed Tuesday

All Ascension Public Schools and offices will be closed on Tuesday due to expected inclement weather. This includes all afterschool activities.

This decision was made in consultation with emergency officials out of concerns about the travel safety of students and staff, according to a news release.

DOTD offers safety tips for motorists

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development reminds motorists to take extra precautions when traveling, as most of the state may be impacted by severe weather and heavy rainfall.

During unfavorable weather conditions, if motorists must drive, they should adhere to the following safety tips:

  • Do not drive unless you must.
  • Avoid driving in standing or running water.
  • Avoid driving while distracted.
  • Avoid using cruise control when visibility is low or road surfaces are wet.
  • Always allow for extra driving time.
  • Make sure there is plenty of room between vehicles.
  • Have your headlights on when using windshield wipers
  • Never drive through areas with downed power lines or utility poles.
  • Never drive around or remove “road closed” barricades for any reason.

DOTD crews are monitoring weather forecasts and are prepared to address any roadways that are affected by weather conditions. In the event flooding occurs, some roadways may become impassable. DOTD staff have prepared the necessary resources, such as chain saws and other equipment, to clear roads as soon as possible if they become impassable. Road crews are on standby to address any concerns.

Louisiana OMV offices closing

Due to the threat of severe weather, the following OMV offices will be closed all day Tuesday: Abbeville, Breaux Bridge, Crowley, DeQuincy, DeRidder, Jennings, Kinder, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Morgan City, New Iberia, New Roads, Oakdale, Opelousas, Plaquemine, Port Allen, and Ville Platte.

The following offices will close at noon on Tuesday: Amite, Baton Rouge, Bogalusa, Clinton, Donaldsonville, Franklinton, Gonzales, Gramercy, Greensburg, Livingston, Mandeville, Napoleonville, Slidell, and St. Francisville.

Customers with appointments booked during the closure must reschedule online at www.expresslane.org.

State offices closing

The following parishes' state offices will be closed Tuesday: Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jeff Davis, Lafayette, Pointe Coupee, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Vermilion, and West Baton Rouge

The following state offices will close at noon: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Livingston, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington, and West Feliciana.