During flash flooding Tuesday that temporarily shut down portions of Interstate 110 and many other area roadways, two Baton Rouge police units flooded, including the one belonging to Police Chief Murphy Paul.
Police spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely said Paul drove his personal vehicle to work Wednesday after the flooding left his unmarked, department-issued vehicle damaged. McKneely said the other vehicle involved was a marked police unit but did not say to whom it was assigned.
McKneely said he did not know the specific circumstances that led to either police vehicle flooding, including where the instances occurred.
Authorities reported 29 car crashes and stalled or abandoned vehicles in the Baton Rouge region between 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to traffic data posted on the city's website. Rainfall averaged around 3 to 4 inches per hour while severe thunderstorms settled over the capital region, National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Ricks said.
Flash flooding in the Baton Rouge area interrupted the Tuesday evening commute as severe thunderstorms settled over the capital region.