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1 year 3 months 3 weeks ago Sunday, January 29 2023 Jan 29, 2023 January 29, 2023 11:37 AM January 29, 2023 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - Much of the WBRZ viewing area is under a flash flood watch as excessive rain pours in during Sunday's storms.

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In Baton Rouge, several streets have been blocked off due to rainwater filling the roadways, and drivers should take alternate routes. See a list of closures below:

- Two lanes of I-10 East past Siegen Lane; congestion reaching Siegen

- All lanes of Chippewa Street near I-110 South

- I-110 South at North 9th Street; minimal congestion

Highland Road is blocked off between Rodney and Kenilworth by a downed tree in the roadway as of 4 p.m. Sunday. The tree fell in a curve in the roadway and is difficult to see, officials warn.

The left lane of I-10 West before Siegen Lane has also been closed due to a crash, and congestion is approaching Highland Road.

DOTD said pumps are inundated and struggling to keep up with the volume of rainwater.

The city-parish has reported high water in the following areas:

- Bluebonnet at Highland

- Staring and Burbank

- Van Buren

- Greenwell Springs at Old Wax

- Lee Drive at Hyacinth Avenue, Sweetbriar Street, Mimosa Street and Orchid Street

- Between Lanier Drive and Greenwell Springs Road, in the Merrydale area

- Alvin Dark Avenue, near Tigerland

- Highland Road near W Grant Street

- Between S River Oak and E River Oaks, in the Broadmoor/Sherwood Forest area

- E Buchanan Street

- S Choctaw Drive near Airline Highway

- Alaska Street

- W Chimes Street

Viewer photos show knee-deep water in the Garden District, near Park Boulevard and Cherokee Street, around 10:30 a.m. Large stretches of Nicholson Drive were also under deep water Sunday morning.

In Livingston Parish, deputies say the following roads were "impassable" as of 12:13 p.m. Sunday:

- Eden Church/Prince Charles

- McArthur/Black Mud

- Tara/Glacier Bay

- McLin Road from the bridge to Texas Street

- Several areas north of 26700 block of Fire Tower Road

- Leroy Magee (passable by truck/SUV)

The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office also says the following locations were reported to have high water:

- S Woodcrest/Florida

- Jean Street/S Woodcrest

- Elmer Street/Rushing

- Capital Street/S Range

- North Street/S Range

- Florida/Hummell

- Judy Street to N Range northbound and some areas southbound

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