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Heavy rain being monitored across southern La.

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Posted: Jul 18, 2014 10:43 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jul 18, 2014 2:09 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: rainfall, flooding, louisiana, emergency preparedness, GOHSEP

BATON ROUGE - State emergency officials said they're monitoring heavy rainfall across much of Louisiana Friday that's also expected to continue into the weekend.

GOHSEP representatives said several parishes are already under flood watches. The state agency said they're keeping in contact with local emergency management officials to keep an eye on the situation.

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook that trees were down on Liberty Road between Jackson and Pride Port Hudson, as well as at Highland and Perkins. High water was also reported in places along Bluebonnet, Greenwell Springs Road, and Airline Highway.

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office said sandbags were available Friday at the Ruth Bridge Barn and South Barn at 1011 Capritto Forty Arpent until around 3:30 p.m. They said residents should be prepared to fill their own sandbags, and asked people to stay off the roads where possible.

Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal said several roads were flooded in his parish, and some in New Iberia were forced to close. He warned drivers that worsening conditions could quickly make other roads that are currently open impassable.

Click here for more weather updates from the News 2 Weather Center, and visit the Get A Game Plan website for more tips on how to deal with flooding in your area.

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