Leaving blue skies and diminished backwater flooding in Ascension and Livingston parishes behind, remnants of Tropical Storm Lee tracked over northeast Tennessee and Virginia Tuesday.
Danielle Manning, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Slidell, said that by Tuesday, the weather system had lost its tropical status and taken on frontal characteristics .
“It’s not tropical,” any longer, she said.
In Livingston Parish, the storm dumped heavy rainfall, including Holden, 15.48 inches; Maurepas, 13.64; Livingston, 12.15: and Denham Springs 10 inches, the weather service site says.
Backwater flooding in lower Livingston Parish dropped at least a foot Tuesday as emergency teams began damage assessments, parish officials said.
A north wind helped push out flooding in lower Livingston Parish left by heavy rainfall and high tides during Lee’s passage, officials said.
“Teams from GOHSEP and Red Cross are starting to go in and make damage assessments and hand out cleaning kits,” said Mark Benton, director of the Livingston Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness.
GOHSEP is an acronym for Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
Benton said officials are “trying to get things back up and running” but said the process could take several days.
In Ascension Parish, there were no reports of damage to residences or infrastructure, said Rick Webre, director of Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
“We’re in pretty good shape,” he said in an email Tuesday.
Gonzales received 8.82 inches of rain from the storm; Donaldsonville 9.01.
Webre said parish officials would consider on Wednesday whether to cancel the parish’s declaration of emergency and work with Livingston officials to reopen the Amite River and the Diversion Canal to recreational boat traffic.
The emergency declaration was issued Friday morning, and the waterways shut down Sunday morning.
Lester Kenyon, Ascension Parish government spokesman, said parish crews finished removing downed trees from 15 sites on Tuesday.
He said that two Ascension roads near the Amite River remained closed Tuesday due to flooding.