Increasing Concerns for Flooding around New Orleans


Following yet another round of heavy rain in the South this weekend, more rain and thunderstorms will impact the region today and Tuesday. Flooding will result in some communities that received up to half a foot of rain from the last storm.

The rain and thunderstorms today will develop from eastern Texas to Georgia and northern Florida ahead of a cold front blasting through the Plains and Mississippi Valley.
The threat for flooding will be greatest across southeastern Louisiana and coastal parts of Mississippi and Alabama. These areas, including New Orleans, La., Gulfport, Miss., and Mobile, Ala., received 3 to 6 inches of rain from the storm that moved through over the weekend.

The recent heavy rain has left the ground already saturated. Therefore, it will not take much additional rainfall to cause flooding.

Some rivers remain out of their banks from the last few rounds of heavy rain. Additional rises on these rivers, as well as new rises on smaller creeks and streams, could result from the rain spreading through early this week.

Flooding of adjacent roads and homes is possible. Motorists who encounter flooded roadways should turn around and find an alternate route.
In addition to flooding, flight delays and slow traffic along I-10 will a problem today. The heaviest rain and thunderstorms will spread through southern Alabama and into central and southern Georgia tonight.

More heavy rain will affect areas from eastern Texas to Alabama Tuesday, aggravating or creating new flooding problems and travel delays.

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