Baton Rouge emergency services Monday morning urged residents to keep an eye on their elderly neighbors and family members after the National Weather Service put the area on a flood watch in effect through the evening.
Monday threatens “heavy rain” ahead of a slow-moving cold front, according to the flood watch statement. The Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas have all been placed under watch. Lafayette and portions of St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes were placed under a flood warning Monday morning.
The ground is still saturated from weekend rain, making flooding more likely. In a statement, the Baton Rouge emergency services office reminded residents to stay clear of washed out roads, repeating the weather service’s mantra — “Turn around, don’t drown.”
Residents are also encouraged to check their supply of water, canned food and batteries and make sure flashlights and portable radios are working properly.
The St. George Fire Department is distributing sand bags at their headquarters at 14100 Airline Highway. Residents may call city emergency services at (225) 389-2100.
The flash flood watch is set to expire at 7 p.m. Meteorologists expect conditions to begin improving once the cold front passes through the area overnight.