New Orleans Fears Triple Threat Of Storm Surge, River, Rain

Jul 12, 2019
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When it comes to water, New Orleans faces three threats: the sea, the sky and the river.

Tropical storms and hurricanes send storm surges pushing up against the city's outer defenses. That's what happened in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina's surge caused widespread levee failures and left 80% of the city under water.

Tropical Storm Barry Threatens A Long, Slow Drenching

Jul 12, 2019
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Building toward hurricane strength, Tropical Storm Barry began hitting Louisiana with wind and rain Friday as it closed in for what forecasters said will be a long, slow — and epic — drenching that could trigger flooding in and around New Orleans.

With the storm expected to blow ashore by early Saturday, National Guard troops and rescue crews were stationed around the state with boats and high-water vehicles, helicopters were on standby, drinking water and blankets were made ready for distribution, and utility crews with bucket trucks moved into the region.

Tropical Weather Updates

Jul 11, 2019


Louisiana National Guard

  • Nearly 3,000 Louisiana National Guard soldiers remain deployed around the state and ready to assist in emergency response situations. 

Department of Transportation and Development

  • Motorist Assistance Patrol trucks will continue extended 24-hour operations on US 90 between Lafayette and Houma. 

Louisiana State Police

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 Restore Louisiana will begin issuing checks previously denied to homeowners affected by flooding in 2016.

News outlets report the program made the announcementFriday. The first wave of checks will be sent out Monday.


The Louisiana Congressional delegation is urging the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to be prepared to aid farmers in the wake of damages from the opening of the Morganza Spillway.
Ralph Abraham, who is Louisiana’s only member of a Congressional agriculture committee, led the delegation in the letter. They sent it to USDA Sec. Sonny Perdue on Friday, May 24.

A woman found inside a submerged car in Louisiana has been identified.

The Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office says the victim found Saturday in floodwaters in Calhoun was 80-year-old Patsy Meeks, of Calhoun.

The News-Star reports investigators said Meeks was traveling on Golson Road, south of I-20 in Calhoun, when she went around road barricades and unfortunately got carried away by floodwaters that accumulated after severe weather hit the area.

She drowned inside of her car.

National Weather Service


The Flash Flood Watch is now in effect for

* Portions of Arkansas, Louisiana, and east Texas, including the
following areas, in Arkansas, Columbia and Union. In
Louisiana, Bienville, Caldwell, Claiborne, Grant, Jackson, La
Salle, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Red River, Sabine,
Union, Webster, and Winn. In east Texas, Sabine.

* Until noon CDT today

Scientists are warning that historic flooding could soon deluge parts of several Southern states along the lower Mississippi River, where floodwaters could persist for several weeks.

Major flooding now occurring in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and other Midwestern states is a preview of what forecasters expect the rest of the spring, said Mary Erickson, deputy director of the National Weather Service.

Levee Patrols Extended throughout the Entire Region

Mar 6, 2019

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District is conducting daily patrols across the entirety of its jurisdiction as a part of its flood fight efforts due to elevated river stages across the region. At this time, all of the mainline Mississippi River gages in the Vicksburg District's jurisdiction are experiencing major or moderate flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

Downtown Monroe
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In anticipation of predicted heavy rainfall over the new several days, the City of Monroe Public Works Department is urging residents to ensure that all debris is cleared from yards, ditches, curb sides, drainage grates, etc. Residents should make sure their ditches are litter free, so water can flow/drain properly.

Any precautions that can be taken would be most helpful in preventing possible localized flooding.