BATON ROUGE, La., Aug. 13 (UPI) — At least two people are dead and one person remains missing as heavy rains in Louisiana and Mississippi continue to cause flash flooding.
According to CNN, the body of an elderly man was recovered in Baton Rouge after he slipped into a ditch while being helped through floodwaters. A 68-year-old man in the town of Zachary also drowned while attempting to escape floodwaters in his home on Friday.
A father and son in Tangipahoa were also swept away by rushing water Police Chief Darrell Martin. The son was found, but his father remains missing.
Michael Martin, St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office director of operations, said all seven roads into the small town of Greensburg were underwater, leaving it largely cut off from all transportation except large National Guard vehicles.
The National Weather Service told the New Orleans Times-Picayune another four to eight inches were expected. The flash flood watch for southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi was extended until 7 a.m. Sunday.
“Our message remains there is still a long way to go,” meteorologist Alek Krautmann said. “We’re concerned about the rain continuing in the greater Baton Rouge area this evening [Friday], another round of overnight heavy rain possible later tonight, especially in south central Louisiana, and of course, the rapidly rising rivers.”
Livingston Parish President Layton Rick urged residents of the Amite River corridor to evacuate immediately as the river continued to rise at a rapid rate.
According to the National Weather Service, the Tickfaw and Tangipahoa each continued to rise to record levels — more than 20 inches.
Heavy rains are expected to continue through the weekend before approaching normal summer conditions by Monday.