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Flash flood watch: Southeast Louisiana girds for battle with heavy rains

(Source: National Weather Service) (Source: National Weather Service)
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A flood watch is in effect for Southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast until Saturday morning.

Showers and storms will continue to increase across the region into Thursday. Waves of rain with torrential downpours at times may cause flooding problems.

Latest model runs are keeping things relatively quiet through the morning commute with just scattered showers.
The area of low pressure responsible for the heavy rain will move slowly west and northwest across the area over the next 48 hours.

By Saturday it should be far enough away and weaker to slowly reduce the storm chances.

Sunday and early next week appear to revert back to a more typical August weather pattern of scattered storms and steamy sun.

Radar showing the Mississippi coast and over the Gulf of Mexico seeing plenty of rain right now, but inland just a few showers developing. Surface low remains to our east.

Metro New Orleans area officials are preparing for flooding in low-lying areas.

Officials say when the heavy rains come, they'll be ready.

Public Works Director for Jefferson parish Kazem Alikhani told Fox8, “We're putting all the pump station operators and putting all the public works crews on standby. The pump station will be manned before the event and throughout the event and the rest of the public works, the sewer is also on standby, we will monitor the weather and act accordingly.”

Mitchell Theriot The Director of the Department of Drainage for Jefferson Parish admits that it can rain beyond the capacity of their drainage system, which would especially impact low lying areas. Those areas include parts of River Ridge and Harahan, the other side of Jefferson Highway, some parts of Old Metairie, Central Metairie as well.

Officials are asking residents to clean out catch basins ahead of the heavy rains.

Anyone needing help in Jefferson Parish can call (504) 736-6751.

Wednesday, crews throughout Jefferson Parish checked drainage systems at construction sites and canals are not backed up to reduce flooding risk.
Flash flood watch in effect for the following areas:

  • St. Charles
  • St. Tammany
  • Tangipahoa
  • Terrebonne
  • Jefferson
  • Lafourche
  • Orleans
  • Plaquemines
  • St. Bernard
  • St. James
  • St. John the Baptist
  • Tangipahoa
  • Washington
  • Hancock and Pearl River counties in Mississippi

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