Flooding in Washington Parish from Severe Storms

Published 7:40 pm Monday, January 8, 2024

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WASHINGTON PARISH La. – The National Weather Service in Slidell has issued an urgent advisory for residents of Washington Parish as severe storms lead to flooding risks across the area. National Weather Service Meteorologist Megan Williams cautions that ongoing rainfall, expected to last for an additional 30 minutes to an hour, will be followed by intermittent showers. Residents should brace for a significant wave of storms expected between 11:00 P.M. and 2:00 A.M. tonight.

“Due to the threat of street and road flooding, especially in low-lying areas, drivers are encouraged to exercise caution and reduce speed. Do not attempt to traverse areas with moving water and avoid routes with free-standing water,” said Justin Brown, Chief of the Franklinton Police Department. “Residents who live near waterways which are prone to flooding should monitor water levels and pre-plan an evacuation route should it become necessary.”

Visibility will be particularly poor during nighttime hours, increasing the danger of undetected deep water on roadways. “It’s really hard to see flooding at night. If you encounter flooded roads, it’s safer to avoid them completely,” advises Williams. Motorists are urged to practice safe driving, maintain a generous distance between vehicles, and not risk driving through flooded areas.

“The Bogalusa Police Department urges all citizens to use caution and stay off the roads tonight until the weather clears.,” advised Troy Tervalon, acting Assistant Chief of the Bogalusa Police Department.

Homeowners observing water accumulation in their yards should take precautions and move to higher levels of their homes. These safety measures are critical as the forecast predicts severe weather conditions including possible large hail, damaging winds, and heavy rain. Wind speeds are expected to transition from 25 to 30 mph south wind to a 15 to 20 mph west wind after midnight, with gusts potentially reaching 45 mph. The chance of precipitation remains high at 90%, with anticipated new rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches.

“I encourage all Washington Parish citizens to watch the weather closely. Stay home and don’t get out unless it’s absolutely necessary,” said Ryan Seal, the Washington Parish President. “We opened the Washington Parish Emergency Operations Center to monitor the situation and help keep the public safe.”

Residents are urged adhere to safety warnings and prepare for possible emergency measures. Stay informed and stay safe.

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Timothy Holdiness is a native of Louisiana and has been published in several state, national and international publications. He has earned two undergraduate degrees in Biology, most recently from Northwestern State University in 2022. Notably, Holdiness was the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist United States Champion in PowerPoint 2010.

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