Parish releases Friday afternoon update on storm

Published 4:32 pm Friday, July 12, 2019

The Washington Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness released an update on Tropical Storm Barry at 4 p.m. Friday.

The update states:

“Heavy rainfall and flash flooding remain the greatest threat for our area through Sunday.

“The NWS (National Weather Service) has forecasted that our area could receive from 1.5 to two inches of rain through 7 a.m. Saturday. Then, from 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday, we are forecasted to receive anywhere from five to 10 inches of rain. Higher amounts could be possible. Washington Parish is at a moderate to high risk of flash flooding on Saturday. A few tornadoes cannot be ruled out for Saturday and possibly into Sunday.

“Parish President Thomas reminds all residents to make ensure that emergency preparations are complete prior to dusk. As the rain bans start moving into our area overnight, visibility on the roads could be limited. He encourages everyone to remain at home unless necessary, Help keep yourself and our first responders out of harm’s way. If you live in a flood prone area, take action to protect your property ahead of time. Have multiple ways to receive warnings and know where you will go if you need to move to higher ground.

“Always remember it doesn’t take much water to float a vehicle. Turn around, do not drown!”