Baton Rouge residents should get ready for more “rain, rain and rain,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Shields on Sunday.
According to the National Weather Service, a slow-moving cold front brought moderate to heavy rain to a large part of the country Sunday, from Louisiana north to the Great Lakes.
“The front is already through the Baton Rouge area and there is going to be off and on periods on Monday and Tuesday,” Shields said of the rain to come.
Baton Rouge should receive about one to two inches throughout the next few days, said Shields, who works in the National Weather Service station in Slidell.
The front, which brought colder temperatures, was expected to stall over the River and Florida parishes Sunday night, and recent rainfall and runoff will make the area vulnerable to flash flooding, the Weather Service said.
Baton Rouge has an 80 percent chance of rain Monday and Tuesday, a 60 percent chance Wednesday and a 70 percent chance Thursday, before sunny weather moves in over the weekend, the Weather Service said.
Toward the end of the week, Shields said, temperatures should begin to warm up.
Some of the thunderstorms that moved through the area Sunday brought high winds to some areas, Shields said.
Zachary Police Chief David McDavid said his officers saw evidence of strong wind damage throughout the town.
“I’ve seen some damage to garage doors and trampolines being thrown around. I also had some damage to my roof, about 30 shingles,” McDavid said. “We’ll have to get up tomorrow and see if there is any damage we don’t know about.”
The National Weather Service issued flood warnings Sunday for the Tickfaw River near Holden and above Killian in Livingston Parish and another flood warning for the Tangipahoa River near Robert in Tangipahoa Parish.
The Tickfaw River flood stage is 15 feet and the river is expected to rise to 17.6 feet Monday morning, the Weather Service said.
The Tangipahoa River flood stage is 4 feet, according to the Weather Service, and additional rain Sunday night and Monday is expected to push the river level to 4.5 feet or higher.
Both warnings will stay in effect until the Weather Service deems the threat of flooding over.
The Weather Service also issued warnings for East Baton Rouge, Ascension and Livingston parishes for parts of the Amite River near Denham Springs, Port Vincent, French Settlement and Bayou Manchac, and at Bayou Manchac near Little Prairie.
The warning will expire at 2:30 p.m. Monday.
Livingston Parish spokeswoman Lori Steele said her office was monitoring flooding Sunday in southern areas of the parish where people were trying to finish cleaning up after Hurricane Isaac. She said residents in Bayou Lake Club Road south of Whitehall were especially vulnerable to flooding.
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto said that parish received light rain Sunday.
“So far, so good. I think we’re weathering it pretty good,” Panepinto said.
Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said he had not heard of any weather-related problems in the parish Sunday, and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said Sunday she had not received reports of problem areas either.
After three days of rain ravaged parts of the Acadiana region last week, particularly in Crowley and Eunice, Sunday’s rain brought a halt to cleanup and drainage efforts.
“We’re still having issues in the western part of the parish, starting with Crowley. A lot of families are still stuck in their homes,” Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Maxine Trahan said Sunday. “This problem is going to continue until Tuesday when the water starts to recede.”
The National Weather Service issued a flood warning at 10 a.m. Sunday for Acadia, St. Landry and Evangeline parishes that will stay in effect until 6:30 p.m. Monday afternoon.
Flooding is expected in Eunice, Rayne, Iota and Mowata, the weather service says.
St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s spokeswoman Capt. Megan Vizena said the Sheriff’s Office received reports of water slowly creeping into homes in Eunice, but she did not expect the flooding to be as severe as it was last week.
Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Kip Judice said, as of 6 p.m. Sunday, Lafayette Parish did not have any flooding.
“Things are really good in Lafayette Parish,” Judice said.
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