Walker clears drainage ditches as flood threat continues, sand available for residents

WALKER — Officials in Walker are utilizing the break in rainfall to prepare for the imminent threat of more flooding across the region. Walker spent the afternoon clearing debris from drainage ditches as part of their routine maintenance for clearing culverts and to enhance the flow of rainwater.

UWK was with crews as they cleared areas off Joe Stafford St. in Walker on Wednesday. The goal is to improve the flow of water without any debris.

Ditch along Pendarvis Ln. in Walker

Mayor Jimmy Watson tells UWK that efforts have been made to clean as many culverts as they can, aiming to reduce overnight flooding. He mentioned that many of the areas being cleared are technically state-owned, but the city has proactively taken the initiative to address flooding concerns.

Officials added this is the best time for crews to be able to see the troubled areas due to the rain.

Watson says crews will continue working through the night to address any areas that see flooding. If you experience flooding issues, you can call the city’s number (225) 665-2467 or if it’s during nights and weekends, call (225) 664-3123.

Sand is available for residents at the Department of Public Works, located at 13730 Ball Park Rd. Residents can create their own sandbags, and city leaders emphasize that it will remain open and accessible to the public.

MORE | Photos: Flash flooding reported in Pointe Coupee Parish

There are sandbag locations at fire stations in Denham Springs:

  • Station 3: 34893 La. Hwy. 1019
  • Station 5: 18525 Clio St.
  • Station 9: 9100 Hillion Hood Rd.

Flood threat continues

The National Weather Service has upgraded the flooding and severe weather threats for south Louisiana. New models are showing higher trends of rain for Baton Rouge and areas southeast.

The worst of the heavy rain and storms have passed through the Baton Rouge area Wednesday morning, but pockets of heavy rain is still possible Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. A flash flood watch is in effect for the area until 6 p.m. Thursday.

South Louisiana is expected to experience waves of heavy rain, with the precipitation continuing through Friday. Majority of the Baton Rouge area is now forecast to receive 6-8 inches of rain through Friday. 4-6 inches of rain is likely for surrounding areas. Locally higher rain totals are possible.

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