Rain deluges Tri-Cities, minor flooding
By: From Staff Reports
The Tri-Cities area received between 2.8 inches and 3.9 inches within the last 24 hours, much of it during early morning and afternoon downpours that hit the area.
The figures, reported by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Bayou Boeuf and Berwick locks, kept local public works, utilities and law enforcement crews busy during and in the aftermath of the downpour.
In Morgan City, Chief Administrative Officer Lorrie Braus said that the only area barricaded temporarily was the Burlington-Northern Santa Fe Railroad underpass at Second Street.
However, immediately following the downpour, Morgan City Police reported trouble accessing one of the city’s pump stations at the end of Justa Street because of high water.
Braus said city officials received a few phone calls from Lakeside and Walsh Subdivision residents reporting water in their homes.
Other heavily flooded areas included Sixth Street and Elliot Subdivision, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and First Street.
Following the afternoon downpour, Dorothy Mire, a Glenwood Street resident, reported that her carport had collapsed on top of her car.
Braus also said isolated power outages were reported due to lightning strikes. Power has been restored to these areas as of this morning.
At least one business, Dragna’s Supermarket in Morgan City, was closed temporarily Monday because water had gotten into the business.
In Berwick, police closed Jones and Hebert streets on Monday until the city’s drainage system sucked enough water from the streets not to elevate flood threats of homes.
“There were about two or three homes and apartments that had water,” Chief James Richard said.
BPD also had to stop traffic in the area and vehicles were parked in parking lots near their neighborhood until the water subsided.
There were reports of water infiltrating vehicles in both Morgan City and Berwick, too.
Patterson law enforcement reported no severe flooding Monday.
In the parish’s eastern unincorporated areas, parish Chief Administrative Officer Henry “Bo” LaGrange said there was one business that may have sustained some flooding in its facility because of the deluge, but besides the normal pooling of water, the pumps worked as designed to keep streets open to vehicular traffic throughout the parish’s jurisdiction.
He said he had received no reports of flooding at Dixie Trailer Park, a low lying area but was going to check on it today.
LaGrange said if flooding was to take place in this area, it would happen today when water in the area’s drainage system would flow here on its way out of the area via drainage pumps.