An isolated pocket of extremely heavy rain has fallen across a portion of south-central Louisiana over the past 36 hours, causing life-threatening flash flooding.
Here is the latest.
FLASH FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAKE CHARLES LA
1157 AM CDT MON MAR 12 2012
...FLASH FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR NORTHWESTERN ST.
MARTIN...NORTHEASTERN ACADIA...NORTHERN LAFAYETTE AND SOUTHERN ST.
LANDRY PARISHES UNTIL 530 PM CDT...
...A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR NORTHERN LAFAYETTE AND SOUTHERN ST.
RAINFALL AMOUNTS BETWEEN 10 AND 15 INCHES HAVE BEEN ESTIMATED ACROSS
THE WARNED AREA AND ADDITIONAL RAINS CONTINUE TO FALL.
AT 1155 AM...LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS AND EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT REPORTED FLOODING WITH NUMEROUS ROADS AND HOMES FLOODED.
IN ADDITION SEVERAL HIGH WATER RESCUES ARE UNDERWAY. THIS IS A RARE
EVENT AND MAY CAUSE SOME LOCATIONS LIKE BAYOU VERMILION AT CARENCRO
TO REACH RECORD FLOODING. MANY ROADS ARE CLOSED AND YOU SHOULD NOT
TRAVEL IN THIS AREA TODAY.