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 Maurepasin the southern part of the parish.

β€œIt 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.