Amite River at Bayou Manchac Point forecast

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- A cattle egret flies over the Old Perkins Road Bridge over Bayou Manchac on Tuesday. The roadway was closed on Tuesday morning, Jan. 15, because of the high water.
Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- A cattle egret flies over the Old Perkins Road Bridge over Bayou Manchac on Tuesday. The roadway was closed on Tuesday morning, Jan. 15, because of the high water.

The National Weather Service has updated the flooding forecasts for the Amite River at Bayou Manchac Point from moderate to minor severity.

At 11:27 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, the stage was noted at 12 feet; flood stage at Bayou Manchac Point is 9 feet.

The river is forecast to continue to fall below flood stage on Saturday, Jan. 19.

At 12 feet, Kendalwood Road and adjacent property will be inundated, according the NWS. Backwater may flood Bayou Fountain and some homes on Burbank Drive. Most secondary roads will be moderately flooded. Amite River road and Horseshoe Drive will be impassable. A few homes on Horeshoe Drive will flood.

At 10 feet Amite River road and Horsehose Drive will be impassable with a few homes on Horsehoe Drive flooded. Water will be approaching Kendalwood Road and access to property will be threatened.

Perkins Road at Bayou Manchac Point

Perkins Road between Highland and Bluff Road remains closed due to high water as of 4:46 p.m Tuesday, according to State Police.

Use an alternate route

Other parts of Louisiana

In north Louisiana freezing rain and sleet closed Grambling State University early, canceled flights, sent drivers skidding and broke power lines in north Louisiana. Police in both Shreveport and Monroe closed ramps onto Interstate 20.

Grambling sent students home at noon Tuesday but Louisiana Tech stayed open. Northwestern State canceled evening classes but said it would open Wednesday. Ouachita, Richland, East Carroll, Madison, Union, West Carroll, Morehouse parishes and Monroe city schools were closed Tuesday.

Entergy reports nearly 6,900 Louisiana customers without power Tuesday afternoon — 6,000 in Ouachita Parish, nearly 590 in East Carroll Parish and the rest around central and north Louisiana.

Entergy spokesman Roderick Worthy said some early outages were from vehicle accidents that damaged utility poles.