Widespread street flooding reported in Tri-City area
MORGAN CITY, La. — Unofficial rainfall totals from City Hall in Morgan City indicate the area received 2.55 inches of rain as of 11 a.m., 2 inches of that falling in one hour Thursday morning causing massive street flooding.
Streets were closed throughout the Tri-City area and phones went out at City Hall Thursday morning.
In Morgan City, flooding on Victor II Boulevard caused a police car to stall and barricades were placed along the roadway. At least one accident without injuries was reported during the storm near the Greenwood Overpass.
Mayor Tim Matte said several streets were flooded within the city, but houses were OK.
As of 11 a.m., streets closed in the city included Cottonwood from Filmore to La. 182, Myrtle near Victor II Boulevard by the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium, East Boulevard from Railroad to La. 182, small city streets in Wyandotte Subdivision and sections of Justa in Lakeside.
Matte said there were no sewer issues reported except for a manhole cover on Myrtle Street that had come open due to heavy flows. There also were no reported electrical outages, but there were some blinks due to lightning.
Berwick saw flooding in the Country Club area with barricades placed at Tournament Boulevard. Flooding also was experienced in the Golden Farms Subdivision. By 11 a.m. barricades had been cleared. Mayor Louis Ratcliff said no water was recorded being pushed into homes.
In Bayou Vista, Teche Road was impassible, and water was reported to be pushed into homes on David Street by traffic passing in the area, according to the St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert. Other roads reported with water on them included Southeast, Fairmont and Delmar.
Ford Industrial Road and La. 182 in Amelia are collecting water but remain passable, the sheriff said.
La. 182 in Patterson was inundated with water that was close to homes, according to the sheriff.
However, Mayor Rodney Grogan said there were no road closures in the City of Patterson.
“We had a lot of water, but it is draining off fast … Everything is just flowing. We got a lot of water, but it’s flowing,” Grogan said.
With phones inoperable at City Hall in Morgan City, residents who need immediate assistance are asked to call the police department at 985-384-2310 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If sand bags are needed, they are available at Bayou Vista Parish Barn on La. 182 near the water tower, according to the St. Mary Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness.
St. Mary Parish has seen 5 to 10 inches of rain since the rain began on Tuesday and is expected to get another inch of rain through the end of today, said Roger Erickson of the National Weather Service. The rain should end by this evening, Erickson said.
The area should see a break in the rain on Friday and part of Saturday before more wet weather approaches, Erickson said.
A cold front will be approaching the area on Saturday and will stall out Sunday causing more rain keeping the area in a wet pattern into next week, he said. Rain is expected to begin late Saturday and continue into Sunday.
The rain is expected to continue through Wednesday with a total of possibly 3 inches of rain from Sunday through Wednesday.
Louisiana State Police is urging the people of south Louisiana to exercise caution during the coming hours as we prepare for continued rain, stated a news release from Tfc. Stephen Hammons of Louisiana State Police public affairs, Troop I.
According to the National Weather Service south Louisiana can expect anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of rain in the next 24 hours. This may lead to rivers cresting above flood stage, resulting in flooding along state and local roadways.
Troopers urge motorists to use caution when traveling during the next 24 hours especially after sunset. Water can rise quickly resulting in flash flooding of roadways. If you approach a roadway that is under water, troopers recommend you do not travel through it.
Additional safety tips include:
—Stay Put: Avoid driving in heavy storms unless absolutely necessary.
—Slow Down: Decrease your vehicle speed during inclement weather to avoid hydroplaning and to account for increased stopping time.
—Be cautious of high winds: Windy conditions adversely affect all vehicles, particularly high profile vehicles, such as buses and trucks, as well as smaller vehicles such as motorcycles.
—Do not drive around any barricades: If you approach a road closed barricade do not attempt to proceed with your route even if you think it may be safe.
Motorists wishing to obtain road closure information can call 511 or visit www.511LA.org or www.lsp.org. If your vehicle becomes disabled or you need to report a hazardous road condition you may call *LSP (*577).