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City of Monroe says pumps are working, asking residents for help clearing drains


(Monroe, LA) - The City of Monroe is preparing for significant rainfall over the coming days, with projections estimating up to 3-6 inches of rain. Because of this forecast, City officials are urging residents to be proactive to ensure their safety and minimize the risk of flooding.

As the storm approaches, City crews are clearing debris from drainage systems and Atakapa is continuing its work to clear storm drains. But in significant weather events, it is crucial that residents work together to clear debris and items from drainage grates and ditches. Doing this helps ensure that rainwater can flow freely through the City's stormwater system, reducing the likelihood of clogs and backups that cause flooding.

"Our priority is the safety and well-being of our residents," said Mayor Friday Ellis. "We urge everyone to do their part in preparing for this inclement weather by clearing any potential obstructions from drainage areas."

City officials will be closely monitoring road conditions during the rainfall and will be on standby at strategic locations to respond swiftly to any reports of flash flooding. Storm water pumps are working efficiently and in sync with respect to rising water elevations. Officials are also monitoring Ouachita River levels, with particular attention to the LoneWa, River Styx, and Chauvin control structures.

Residents are reminded to stay vigilant and to report any flood-related issues to the Public Works Department at (318) 329-2209. In the event of emergencies, please call 911.

The City of Monroe will continue to provide updates as the situation develops. For the latest information, please follow our official social media channels and visit our website.