Flooding widespread as parts of area get 14-inches of rain
HOLDEN - Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes took the most rainfall, it appears, from storms Thursday and early Friday morning.
South of Holden and I-12, the community around the lookout tower reported nearly 14-inches of rain. Tributaries along the Tickfaw River quickly overflowed banks. About 13.8 inches of rain were reported along the Amite River near the Livingston-Ascension Parish line.
As of Friday morning, Highway 22 in Killian near the town hall was covered with fast, flowing water.
Eastern down I-12, Hammond reported 14.7 inches of rain. Friday morning, numerous roads were closed in Tangipahoa Parish and as many as 200 people had to be rescued from rising water around their homes.
"[First responders] came and woke us up around 3 o'clock this morning and said we had to go," one woman who lives in the area told WWL TV, a news partner of WBRZ and WBRZ.com. She continued, "We didn't even know. We were sleeping. We didn't know the water was coming up like that."
West of Livingston and Tangipahoa, areas around the city of Baton Rouge received much less rain. Communities in West Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge such as Port Allen, downtown Baton Rouge, Zachary, Central and Baker reported between 5 and 6 inches of rainfall. Gonzales reported about 6.31 inches. New Roads reported about 2 inches of rain but Plaquemine reported less than an inch.
More rain is forecast for Friday afternoon. Click HERE for the forecast.
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