Flooding means more trains passing through Livingston Parish
LIVINGSTON - Police officers in Livingston Parish want drivers to be alert since more trains will be passing through the area after the opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway.
Livingston Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Mark Harrell says the parish will have an extra three or four trains passing through for the next few weeks. Trains are using Hammond and Livingston Parish as a detour to get from New Orleans to Baton Rouge since flood waters are covering tracks in the spillway. Several police departments used social media to warn drivers.
"Just making them aware of the extra traffic and just use caution. You know a lot of them are coming at night so it's going to be a little noisier, and they're not used to it so they'll have some concerns. But it will be ok," said Harrell.
Drivers say they'll be on their toes when crossing train tracks in the coming weeks.
"I'm definitely going to pay attention, because the more trains the more opportunity for an accident. So yea you definitely have to," said Livingston resident Mike Lott.
Harrell says the extra trains will likely travel at night.