Flood threat continues across the southern U.S.
UPDATED 10:55 AM PT – Thursday, May 20, 2021
Flash flood watches are in effect in South Texas and Louisiana as heavy rain sweeps through the region. Severe weather is expected to continue throughout the week in areas where flooding has already caused extensive damage to homes and businesses.
“Carpet’s already all wet, you know? You don’t know how to react. You don’t know to, you know, what to do with the water if it does come in, you know, and it’s just, especially if all the cars pass by.”
Strong winds and heavy rainfall has flooded roads, submerging cars and left tens-of-thousands of people without power. According to forecasters, up to four inches of rain could fall in Southeast Texas in the coming days.
In Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) has declared a state of emergency as heavy rains flooded homes, swamped cars and closed a major interstate. The rainy weather and flooding are suspected factors in at least four deaths in the state.
Heavy rain across the Gulf Coasts of Texas and Louisiana will continue to result in a significant flood risk into this weekend. Severe thunderstorms will be possible Thursday in the northern High Plains. Critical fire weather conditions in the southern Great Basin Thursday. pic.twitter.com/YxDP5NvczZ
— National Weather Service (@NWS) May 20, 2021
The National Weather Service said parts of East Baton Rouge received as much as 13 inches of rain. Authorities in the area said they responded to more than 300 calls in a single night of people either trapped in cars or flooded homes.
Meanwhile, flash flood watches are also in effect for parts of Arkansas, Mississippi and Oklahoma as thunderstorms pound the region.
Widespread heavy rain and flooding is impacting portions of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi today.
If you approach a flooded roadway…
— National Weather Service (@NWS) May 18, 2021