Officials warn of Mardi Gras flooding
BATON ROUGE - Emergency officials in East Baton Rouge Parish warned people to prepare for several inches of rain over the Mardi Gras holiday.
The Mayor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said forecasts called for heavy rain starting on Lundi Gras and continuing until Tuesday evening.
Forecasters predicted 2 to 4 inches of rain across south Louisiana, with some areas seeing up to 6 inches. Emergency officials also warned some of the storms could become severe, with damaging wind or hail.
Mayor Holden warned people to avoid standing water or areas prone to flooding, and be prepared.
"Please use the buddy system and check on neighbors as they may experience problems from the large amounts of rainfall that are possible during the next two days," Holden said in an emailed release.
A flood watch is in effect until Tuesday afternoon for much of southern Louisiana.