Flooding is Wreaking Havoc Along Multiple Highways and Interstates in Louisiana
Baton Rouge, LA – The Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development (LaDOTD) has announced multiple road closures in several parishes in the southern part of the state, and is urging motorists to not travel unless “necessary.”
Intense rainfall on Monday wreaked havoc across southern Louisiana — and parts of southwestern Texas — dropping roughly 18 inches in some areas, according to reporting from Weather.com.
Heavy rains subsided just after 7:30 p.m. local time on Monday, but not before the National Weather Service (NWS) officially issued a flood warning for Southwestern Evangeline Parish, Northwestern Acadia Parish, Southeastern Allen Parish, Southeastern Calcasieu Parish and Jefferson Davis Parish.
In addition, the NWS also declared a flash flood emergency for the Fannett area in Jefferson County in southeastern Texas.
In Lafayette and St. Martin Parishes, LaDOTD advised motorists that the majority of state roadways, with the exception of Interstates 10 and 49, are experiencing high water and not safe for travel.
Early Tuesday morning, reports of “emergency high water” began to emerge on U.S. Highway 61 and State Highway 427 in East Baton Rouge Parish as the storefront continued to move East.
“Please be aware of the roadways that may be or could possibly become impassable and do not drive through water,” LaDOTD stated.
Shortly after the rain stopped, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office (CPSO) posted a notice on Facebook that it was “handling numerous calls for service in reference to flooding,” posting numerous photos of flood damage in the area.
Approximately 135 miles East of Calcasieu Parish near Baton Rouge, video emerged of motorists traveling on a flooded I-10.
“This is a mess,” Perry Robinson, III Tweeted. “Everyone is driving off to the side. Just passed by a car that was submerged. This isn’t safe. Stay at home.”
Robinson noted the video was taken close to Top Golf, located near Siegen Lane.
Here’s a better look at I-10.
— Perry Robinson, III (@ThePRobReport) May 18, 2021
More rains are expected in Louisiana over the next few days.
You can stay up to date of the latest road closings and re-openings during the ongoing flooding HERE, directly from LaDOTD.