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Weather 2: Flooding expected in 24 hours

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Posted: Jan 8, 2013 11:07 PM by Pat Shingleton
Updated: Jan 8, 2013 11:07 PM
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We are experiencing a classic example of rain falling on already saturated ground. Rain accumulations of four inches or more will cause flooding, no matter where you live and for sections of our viewing area, flooding is imminent.

The National Weather Service in New Orleans issued a flash flood watch Tuesday afternoon that remains in effect until Thursday evening at 6:00 PM. This identifies that conditions are favorable for flooding due to already saturated ground, areas of poor drainage and potential rain accumulations in excess of five inches through Thursday afternoon.

An urban stream flood warning is also in effect for Ascension, Assumption, Iberville and Livingston Parishes through Wednesday morning.

With expected solid rain overnight into Wednesday morning, a temporary break in the rain pattern will cease around 9:00 AM Wednesday morning. This break could assist in providing a temporary dry out until additional showers return Wednesday afternoon.

In addition, a serious of strong thunderstorms in association with a squall line could hit Baton Rouge at daybreak on Thursday with a final pop of storms at Noon on Thursday.

Those with interests on the Amite, Comite, Tickfaw, and Tangipahoa River basins should prepare for possible flooding by Wednesday afternoon.

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