Weather Updates: Fallen trees causing traffic issues after deluge of rain

BATON ROUGE — The National Weather Service upgraded the flooding and severe weather threats for south Louisiana Wednesday ahead of the expected two-day rain event.

Unfiltered with Kiran is tracking the latest weather threat and will provide live updates throughout the day. Keep refreshing this page as we continue to update.

UPDATED FORECAST: Flooding, severe weather threats upgraded for south Louisiana

12:15 p.m. | Fallen trees causing traffic issues around Baton Rouge

There are a few fallen trees that are causing traffic issues around Baton Rouge.

A tree down is blocking traffic near Spanish Lake Elementary on Bluff Rd. near Hwy. 74 in Ascension Parish. Another tree down on Perkins Rd. near Pecue Ln. has traffic turning around as well.

8 a.m. | Livingston road openings & closures

While many east and even south of the immediate Baton Rouge area received even more rain overnight, the Capital region got a bit of a break.

Livingston Parish has just updated their current road conditions in the parish.

10:30 p.m. | Rain expected to weaken over next few hours (National Weather Service)

Some light to moderate rainfall across portions of the area, mainly along I-55 and also in the river parishes. This rain will continue weakening over the next few hours. And then more showers and storms are expected Thursday morning around 8 a.m. through the afternoon hours.

Update from Livingston Parish

9:43 p.m. | Dense Fog Advisory from the National Weather Service

Visibility is one quarter mile or less in dense fog in Assumption, Northern Tangipahoa, Central Tangipahoa, Lower Tangipahoa, Northern Livingston, Southern Livingston, Western Ascension, Eastern Ascension.

The fog advisory will go through 9 AM Thursday and could impact driving conditions due to low visibility.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… If driving, slow down, use your low beam headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.

8:21 p.m. | Southeastern Weather Statement

7:36 p.m. | Flash Flood Warning including Ponchatoula LA and Killian LA until 10:15 PM

5:49 p.m. | A flash flood emergency remains in effect until 6:45 p.m. for Mandeville. Extremely heavy rain caused major flooding of businesses, roads and for motorists. Please avoid this area.


5:30 p.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood emergency for Covington, Mandeville, Madisonville and Abita. More rainfall is expected and there’s not enough time for the water to drain from roads and ditches. It’s getting dark and any flooding will be impossible to see. Avoid travel for the next hour!

5:00 p.m. | Heavy rains, flash flood threat remains for Capital City Area. Drive safe if you’re heading towards Greater New Orleans. Flash flood warnings are in effect as the storms move east. High water is also being reported in LaPlace and Mandeville.

3:22 p.m. | Denham Springs sandbag locations

  • Station 3- 34893 La Hwy 1019
  • Station 5- 18525 Clio Street
  • Station 9- 9100 Hillion Hood Road

2:49 p.m. | Walker sandbags: Sand is available in Walker on Ballpark Road. Bring a shovel and make your own sandbags.

2:18 p.m. | Ditches filing up in Walker. The mayor said workers have been out all day and will remain out all night, making sure all culverts are clean to limit as much flooding as they possibly can.

On Pendarvis Lane in Walker

2:18 p.m. | From NWS: ⚠️⛈️ Multiple reports of flash flooding occurring along the slowing line of storms.

  • Isolated severe weather will be possible with line of storms with damaging winds being the main threat through middle afternoon.
  • Heavy rain threat will persist through the remainder of the day and into Thursday.
  • Severe threat is gradually waning, but the flash flooding threat will persist.
  • More rounds of heavy rain on now-saturated soils will be possible tonight and Thursday, especially west of I-55.

2:08 p.m. | From DOTD: U.S. 61 north and southbound lanes are open. All lanes are open on LA 3164 (Chippewa underpass).


1:41 p.m. | From NWS: ⚠️⛈️ Threat for flash flooding and severe weather continues along and east of the I-55 corridor through the early afternoon hours.

  • This line of storms has a history of producing flash flooding and could become severe as areas of rotation and stronger winds have been noted.
  • ‼️ We are not done with the heavy rain threat after this first wave of storms.
  • ⚠️💧 Saturated areas especially along and west of the I-55 corridor will likely see redevelopment of storms and heavy rain later this afternoon and evening.


1:40 p.m. | Assumption Parish: Update from the National Weather Service concerning the ongoing heavy rainfall and severe weather threat today through this evening.

Overview:

  • Main concern continues to be heavy rainfall with severe storms the secondary threat.
  • Line of strong thunderstorms and heavy rainfall is currently moving from west to east across the local area.
    o Rainfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour
    o Totals from the strongest portion of the line are in the 3 to 5 inch range
  • We have already received multiple reports of flash flooding
  • See graphic below for estimated time of the most significant short-term impacts for your area.
Click on the map above for the latest NWS weather watches, warnings and advisories in your area or visit https://www.weather.gov/lix/


1:26 p.m. | East Baton Rouge Parish cancels all afterschool activities. Due to severe weather and potential for flooding, all East Baton Roue Public School System (BPRSS) afterschool activities have been cancelled for today, January 24, 2024.

1:15 p.m. | Watch Kiran’s video update and follow UWK on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/reel/C2fjCUexV9S/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igsh=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

1:11 p.m. | NWS New Orleans has issued Flash Flood Warnings for Ascension, Assumption, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes.


12:40 p.m. | Denham sandbags: Usual spot across street from fire house on Government Dr. next to old city hall that flooded. Bring your own shovel and it is open now!

12:36 p.m. | Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office reports high water at Hwy 51 and Hwy 10 East in Arcola and Thompson Road and E. Yellow Water in Hammond. Please use alternate routes.

12:22 p.m. | Caution: High water reported at Scenic Highway between Goudchaux Street and 70th Ave. Please use caution if traveling in this area. #RedStickReady

12:07 p.m. | Traffic accident with injuries reported at 6180 Airline Hwy near Saint Katherine Ave and Merrydale Ave.


12:00 p.m.: Buses impacted by flooding at Albany Lower Elementary

Albany Lower Elementary announced that buses will not be running on the following roads this afternoon: Cousins Rd., Sonya Dr., Old CC Rd., Wagner Rd., Craig Dr., Horseshoe Road North, and Hutchinson Cemetary Rd. More roads may be added as the weather continues. Officials say that students will need to be picked up from school, and early check out will be excused.

11:50 a.m.: Low lying flooding reported in French Settlement

Low lying water impacting area behind French Settlement Elementary school near the high school gym.

11:45 a.m.: Partial road closure on US 61 Northbound and Southbound

DOTD announced a partial road closure on US 61 Northbound and Southbound. This is a an alternating and intermittent lane closure due to high water.

11:30 a.m.: Flash flooding in Pointe Coupee

Several reports of flash flooding in Pointe Coupee. See UWK’s live coverage here:

11:10 a.m.: Road closure at I-10/Pecue Ln Interchange

DOTD announced a road closure at I-10/Pecue Ln interchange due to weather. This road closure impacts the railroad crossing on Pecue Ln.

11:00 a.m.: High water alert at N 5th St/North BLVD.; Subscribers impacted by flooding

The City of Baton Rouge issued a high water alert at N 5th St/North Blvd.

UWK subscriber, Kimmie Butler, shares live coverage of flooding in the Stevendale area.

10:50 a.m.: Several streets severely impacted by weather

Check for live updates on traffic conditions in Baton Rouge with the live traffic map located here: https://ebrgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=51b9452c63024a0d8ffd0b41989dc141

Flooding on Blvd De Province submitted by a UWK subscriber.

10:38 a.m.: Street flooding reported near LSU

Reports of flooding on LSU’s campus off of Highland Drive.

10:20 a.m.: Street Flood Advisory

A Street Flood Advisory has been issued for parts of East Baton Rouge, Livingston, West Baton Rouge, Iberville until 1/24 1:15PM. Street flooding is possible in these areas. Don’t drive through flooded roads.

DOTD announced a road closure at LA 3164 (Chippewa Underpass) at 10AM. There is reported water on the roadway.

9:15 a.m.: Flash flood warning issued for Zachary, Baker & New Roads

A flash flood warning has been issued for Zachary, Baker & New Roads until 11:45 a.m., the NWS says. This includes St. Francisville, Livonia, Ewinville, Scotlandville and Morganza.

Latest radar estimates show upwards of 5 to 7 inches have fallen across northern Pointe Coupee Parish and could be causing flash flooding. Heavy rainfall will spread southeastward throughout the day.

6:35 a.m.: Flash flood warning issued for parts of Point Coupee, West Feliciana Parish

A flash flood warning has been issued for parts of Point Coupee and West Feliciana Parish until 10:30 a.m. This includes Lettsworth, Innis, Plettenberg, Retreat and Laurel Hill.

Heavy rain has set up from Opelousas to near Angola.

6:15 a.m.: Flooding, severe weather threats upgraded for south Louisiana

“The majority of our area is under a Moderate Risk of excessive rainfall today,” NWS said Wednesday morning. Forecast confidence is high for the likelihood of storms producing flash flooding today. Confidence on where exactly heavy bands setup and stall is in question.

“Additionally, our area is under a slight risk of severe weather today. The main threats include damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.”

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.

4 a.m.: Sand bag locations available in East Baton Rouge Parish

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