BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - North Louisiana is bracing for yet another round of pounding rain Thursday night as the governor urged the public to be prepared.
Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency in at least 22 parishes.
At least 100 homes have flooded in northwest Louisiana, specifically in Bossier City and just east of Shreveport in Haughton.
At least 3,500 homes in northwest Louisiana are under a mandatory evacuation where homes have taken on water to their rooftops. Upwards of 20 inches of rain have fallen in parts of the state, including Monroe.
"This is a very serious emergency, and we've already had three confirmed reports of fatalities, at least one of which involved a motorist who decided to disregard barricades which marked the road closure and the road was closed because of high water," Edwards said.
About 100 roads are shut down including parts of interstates 20 and 49.
"When the roadway disappears under water, you don't know how deep it is," said Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson.
Because there are more street closures than there are signs and barricades, officials are stressing to people in north Louisiana to please stay home.
"The expectation is with the amount of rainwater we have ahead of us that it's going to be problematic. If you don't need to be on the roadway, this is not an incident where we need a lot of sightseers out there. We just simply don't need that," said Edmonson.
Search and rescue missions are underway. National Guardsmen have been deployed to help, with 750 more put on alert to deploy if needed.
"Yesterday, we had about 30 to 35 high water vehicles and probably about 15 to 18 boats predominately in the Bossier, Shreveport areas and Ouachita area, but we're working in several parishes across north Louisiana," said Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis.