Louisiana braces for more severe weather
POSTED: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 11:38am
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 10:42am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — All around the state officials are keeping a watchful eye on the weather forecast. That’s because another serious storm is headed our way.
Here in Baton Rouge, flooding is a major concern. The bulk of the front should hit our area on Wednesday, March 21. This could cause big problems for some neighborhoods in Baton Rouge. That’s because they say anytime there’s serious weather, especially lately due to construction, their neighborhood retains water.
For now, a wind advisory is in place.
Other areas around the state are gearing up for more serious conditions.
Just one week after flash flooding inundated homes in Acadiana, more possible flooding is expected. A tornado watch is also issued for that area. Damaging winds and hail are likely, too.
“We saw how quickly a rain event can cause major problems for our citizens. With parts of Louisiana already saturated, we anticipate some additional problems,” Kevin Davis, Director of GOHSEP, said.
In St. Martin Parish sandbags will be distributed today beginning at 6:00 p.m. They will be located at the Parish Barn on Ruth Bridge Hwy., Breaux Bridge and the Public Works Facility on Fuselier Street in Aruadville.
Along with preps, they hope people stay off the roadways and restrict travel as much as possible over the next couple of days.
In North Louisiana, the forecast is also bleak
Ark-La-Tex residents are prepping for a heavy downpour today that could result in major flooding.
Director of Emergency Preparedness Sandy Davis held a briefing for Caddo and Bossier Parishes at around 10:00 a.m. Davis says the potential for tornadic activity is less, but warns the area could possibly see 5-8 inches of rainfall, and other isolated spots have a chance of receiving up to 10 inches through midnight.
Davis says the chances for flash flooding similar to 2009 in Bossier Parish is high.
To combat the rain, residents of Bossier City are collecting sandbags for potential flooding in their neighborhoods. City workers and jail inmates are distributing bags at the Bossier City maintenance yard.
Sandbags are available to all Bossier Parish residents.
Officials warn citizens to stay off the streets and at home for the duration of the day.
“This is a good time to take precautionary measures and have a game plan for you and your family. You can start by stocking up on supplies in the event streets are flooded and you can’t leave,” Davis added.
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