Heavy rains cause flooding in French Settlement

Heavy rains cause flooding in French Settlement

FRENCH SETTLEMENT, LA (WAFB) - People living along the Amite River in French Settlement are wading in knee high water after heavy rains left roads flooded and impassable Friday morning.

Rob Arrington has lived along the river for 18 years and said while the water is high, it is all relative.

"If you're new out here, it's overwhelming," Arrington explained. "But if you've been out here a while, it's not so bad."

Other people living along the river agree.

"It gets deeper and deeper and deeper and that's why everybody's cars are parked up by the bridge," one neighbor said.

Estimates of 9" of rain fell overnight in French Settlement as storms ripped across south Louisiana. More is expected to fall before Sunday.

As more rain and flooding is forecast over the next day or two, the people along the river will adjust, as they always have.

"Sometimes you live on the river, sometimes you live in the river," a neighbor stated.

"Every time we have a flood, we take notes. So the next time, we're a little better prepared with it," Arrington added.

Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks said nearly 100 tons of additional sand have been ordered, along with 40,000 sandbags. He added there has already been 291 tons of sand and 30,000 sandbags put out.

He also said no injuries have been reported, but the total number of rescues in the parish right now is three.

Officials report 116 roads are closed because of water.

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