Parts of the Capital Region will remain under flood warning into the weekend as local rivers swell with rainwater.
The Comite River at Joor Road rose by more than 20 feet in 12 hours Thursday. It had reached 22.5 feet by Friday — 2½ feet above flood stage.
The high water will prevent river travel downstream of La. 64 near Zachary, the National Weather Service warns. Meteorologists also advise property owners near the river to move livestock and equipment to higher ground.
Ascension and Livingston parish officials have forbidden boaters from taking to local waterways including the Amite River beginning at 6 p.m. Friday until further notice.
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The heavy rain prompted a lot of anxiety and memories of the 2016 flood, but on the whole "I think we kind of lucked out," said Clay Rives, East Baton Rouge's emergency preparedness director.
"It didn't get as bad as it was forecast," he said.
Baton Rouge residents brave the heavy rains that descended over southeast Louisiana on Thursday.
The rains washed out some roads and swamped some cars, but only one house was reported to have taken on water. Rives said his staff has yet to confirm what exactly happened, but he said the property in question is on Old Rafe Meyer Road in the Alsen area, which got soaked.
The Weather Service has warned parish officials that more rain is coming over the weekend, but it should be less than 2 inches, Rives said. He encourages residents to follow updates through the city-parish's Red Stick Ready website, app and social media accounts.