Eleven parishes in south Louisiana have experienced some kind of flooding because of Tropical Storm Lee, said Veronica Mosgrove, communications director for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, or GOHSEP.
Those parishes include: Acadia, Assumption, Iberia, Lafourche, Livingston, Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. John, St. Tammany and Terrebone.
Assumption, St. Tammany, Terrebone, Acadia and Iberia are only experiencing minor flooding, Mosgrove said.
JoAnne Moreau, director of the Baton Rouge Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, or MOHSEP, said East Baton Rouge Parish was experiencing no major flooding as of Sunday afternoon.
Moreau said there were a few sewer problems and downed trees, but not much beyond that. She also said there are no road closures in the parish as of 3:15 p.m. Sunday.
The mayor’s office issued a news release Sunday asking residents to stay indoors to avoid inclement weather.
“Although we have seen the rains slack and the weather improve from yesterday morning, this is just a temporary calm,” Mayor-President Kip Holden said in the release. “Forecasters are predicting that East Baton Rouge Parish could see high wind speeds, periods of heavy rain, and a chance of tornados throughout the day and on into tomorrow.”
Flooding in Livingston Parish has forced an estimated 200 families from their homes, said the parish director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness.
Mark Benton said rain from Tropical Storm Lee is causing the flooding as well as storm surge from lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas in the southern part of the parish.
“It will be like this for the next couple of days,” he said.
Most of those displaced are from the areas around French Settlement, Head of Island and Maurepas, Benton said.
Nobody has showed up yet at a Red Cross shelter opened at Walker Freshman School, he said.
Benton said people forced from their homes probably are staying with friends and relatives.
Meanwhile, the parish is providing sandbags, helping with evacuations and providing help anyway possible, he said.
Ascension Parish has experienced no flooding, said Lt. Col. Paul Robert of the Ascension Sheriff’s Office.
However, Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez signed an executive order Sunday morning closing the Amite River and the Diversion Canal to recreational boat traffic, according to a news release.
“Because Tropical Storm Lee poses a threat to our residents and their property, and in the event emergency crews would need immediate access to our waterways, I have signed this declaration,” Martinez said in the release.
There are no evacuations taking place in Ascension, no shelters are open and there are no reported major damages or fatalities, the release says.
Locations for sand and sand bags remain open, the release says. Those locations include the intersection of La. 431, Lake Martin Road and L. Keller Road in the Lake Martin area, the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 St. Landry Road, Gonzales, Barns 5 and 6, and at the old pavilion behind the Lemann Center on Thibaut Drive in Donaldsonville.
Roadway closures in Ascension Parish as of noon, Sunday are:
- East Bank: South Summerfield (several areas flooded), Amite River Road (flooded)
- West bank: Hwy. 308/Underpass (East Bayou Road), Evangeline Drive, St. Patrick Street.
More than 750 Entergy customers in East Baton Rouge Parish are without power, according to Entergy’s website.
Only four Demco customers in East Baton Rouge are without power, but 718 in West Feliciana, 101 in East Feliciana and 54 in Ascension have no power, according to Demco’s website.
TS Lee Information
At 4 p.m., the center of Tropical Storm Lee was located near Latitude 30.6 North, Longitude 91.8 West, according to the National Hurricane Center. Maximum sustained winds remain at 45 mph.
Lee is about 30 miles north-northeast of Lafayette and 110 miles west-northwest of New Orleans and moving to the north at near 5 mph. Some erratic motion is possible Sunday afternoon and evening and Lee may become stationary before turning toward the northeast or east-northeast by late Sunday night, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The center is expected to move slowly over southern and southeastern Louisiana Sunday night and across southern Mississippi by late Monday.
The Tropical Storm Warning has been discontinued from west of Morgan City westward to Intracoastal City, La.