More heavy rainfall expected in south Louisiana
Posted on 5/22/2017 10:55:00 AM.

Following a weekend of heavy rainfall, the southern half of Louisiana is in for more wet weather today and tomorrow. State Climatologist Barry Keim says a cold front is slowly creeping across the state, bringing with it more rain.

“Over the next two days there’s still a potential for another one to five inches of rain, with some of these heavier amounts- the three, four, five inches of rain- likely to happen across southeast Louisiana in particular,” Keim said.

Jackson, Lake Charles, and Covington all saw more than 4 inches of rainfall over the weekend. Keim says with the area already heavily saturated, flash flooding could be a serious problem. He says the rain potential is higher across the southeastern part of the state.

“To the tune of maybe even up to five inches over the next couple of days. So obviously we need to be watching that because the grounds are already pretty saturated across the region, and this could create some problems,” Keim said.

The National Weather Service is calling for another one to five inches of rainfall across the state. Keim says we could also see rising rivers resulting in more localized flooding in some areas.

“The rivers were relatively low going into this event, but given what’s happened over the last two days, I suspect that some problems could creep up on some of the river systems,” Keim said.

Barry Keim, rain, flash flooding, rising rivers

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