More roads open as water recedes in Baton Rouge area _lowres

Traffic moves slowly though flooded streets at the intersection of Alvin Dark Dr. and Jim Taylor Dr. in Tigerland Sunday after a full day of steady rain fell in Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge police reported more roads were clear of standing water Monday morning.

Several power outages were reported around the area. Entergy said power should be restored in most areas by 4 p.m. Monday.

There was still a chance of showers across South Louisiana on Monday, but the record-setting downpours of the past two days appear to be over. Rain chances drop to 40 percent tonight and 20 percent Tuesday morning.

East Baton Rouge public and Catholic schools were open Monday. LSU announced its campus is open and the Tiger Trails bus service is running its usual routes. Glen Oaks High School students were dismissed for the day after a water main break left the school without water.

Standing water remains in some areas of Baton Rouge, keeping some roads closed. Here's the latest list of closed roads from the Baton Rouge Police Department as of 9 a.m.:

S Sherwood Forest/N Harrells Ferry

Burbank/Gourrier

Bob Pettit/Y A Tittle

Goodwood/Havenwood

S Choctaw/Airline

Burbank/Nicholson

Alaska/Roosevelt

Enterprise/Mcclelland

Scenic/Harding

Lobdell/Florida

71st/Scenic

Evangeline/Mcclelland

Florida/Oak Villa

Blount/Hwy 19

North St/N Acadian

N Acadian/ E Washinton

Stearns/White

Goodwood/Dartmoor

Elm Grove Garden/Jenkins

1370 Lakeridge

Tigerland/Jim Taylor

ORIGINAL STORY

After 23 days of mostly dry weather, Baton Rouge was saturated Saturday and Sunday with more than 10 inches of rain, setting new daily records and leading to flooding and road closures throughout the area.

The rain started falling Saturday afternoon and it set a daily record with 2.12 inches, more than a half-inch over the previous record of 1.42 inches set on Oct. 24, 1996, said Gavin Phillips, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Heavy rainfall on Sunday added more than 8.5 inches as of 9 p.m. Sunday, Phillips said, almost doubling the previous daily record of 4.44 inches also in 1996.

Although light showers might carry on through the night, Phillips said the rain should lighten up and he anticipated less than a quarter inch more rainfall on the area overnight as a low-pressure system moves off to the east.

A flash-flood warning was in effect through 10:30 p.m. Sunday night and a flash flood watch remains in effect through 1:30 p.m. Monday. The National Weather Service was predicting showers and possible thunderstorms in the Baton Rouge area through 1 p.m. Monday with continued showers possible as late as Tuesday.

Prior to this weekend’s downpour, total rainfall in the Baton Rouge area during October “was at about zero for the month,” Phillips said. The wet weekend, though, put this month’s total at more than twice the area’s average October rainfall of 4.70 inches.

Baton Rouge police closed highways and roads throughout the area, including I-110 at the Governor’s Mansion curve and I-10 at Acadian Thruway, as the heavy rainfall — including nearly 2.5 inches between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday — overwhelmed drainage systems and swamped lower-lying areas.

The Baton Rouge State Fair will remain closed Monday because of the weather, fair officials announced Sunday. The fair was forced to close Sunday as well because of the heavy rains but will reopen “as soon as it is dry enough to safely operate,” fair officials said.

Entergy Louisiana is also reporting that more than 800 customers in the Baton Rouge area were without power as of 9 p.m. as well as additional outages in the Clinton area and near Hammond and Ponchatoula in Tangipahoa Parish.

Heavy flooding on LSU’s campus has put some roads and parking lots under water, university spokesman Ernie Ballard said Sunday. Ballard said he did not anticipate closures or cancellations as a result of high water around campus.

“The flooding should be temporary as campus draining catches up,” Ballard said.