A second wave of floodwaters threatens Livingston Parish

Monday, September 5, 2011 - 10:26am

As Lee makes its way out of Louisiana, it's not letting up on Livingston Parish. Monday marks the third straight day of steady rain there and many homes and roads are covered with water.

Now, there's another threat looming over the parish - a second flood. Rivers, canals and lakes that cut across Livingston Parish are already spilling their banks. Lee is expected to continue dumping a lot of rain as it moves north across Mississippi and Tennessee. All that rain will eventually make its way back down to Livingston Parish, flooding the rivers there a second time.

The combination of river and rain water could lead to a major flood. Areas like Maurepas where the rivers converge are especially vulnerable. In Head of Island, the Amite and Blind Rivers are just feet apart now, swelling with more than 15 inches of rain to about 3 ft higher than normal. Many homes are already underwater and residents are evacuating.

NBC33 News spent Monday morning with Parish President Mike Grimmer out in the community and back at his command center, the new Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. He's telling residents they don't have to leave if they want to fight the flood at home, but a shelter is set up at the Walker Freshman High School if anyone needs a place to stay. Grimmer is also putting out more sand for sandbags and has tarps, water and supplies for anyone who needs it.

You can reach the Livingston Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness at 225-686-3066.

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