Louisiana flood photos and videos show cars and buildings submerged in water
Louisiana is experiencing heavy flooding as photos from the state show cars and buildings submerged in water. As much as 18 inches of rain fell in parts of Texas and Louisiana on Monday, according to The Weather Channel.
Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency as the National Weather Service (NWS) issued flash flood warnings and tornado warnings, areas of southwest Louisiana and southeastern Texas being the most affected.
Louisiana residents have shared photos on social media, such as Kelsey Lewis who posted a photo of a flooded football field and parking lot, soaked in water, and said: “It looks like just yesterday I was looking at this same picture! Pray for the lake. Charles “
Twitter user @frejacole shared a photo of cars stuck on a flooded street and said, “So I’m heading home to Louisiana to visit friends and family, and the next day …”
Corey Gautreaux shared a photo of a three-foot-deep above ground pool almost completely submerged in flood water.
Jeremy Babineaux shared a video of a man wading through the water, pulling his children on a kayak behind him at Charles Lake.
On Monday evening, the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office said in a tweet that two dozen staff had been deployed to the Lake Charles area with nine boats as part of a response that included some 30 rescues or evacuation requests within an hour.
The office added, “Please keep the people of Southwest Louisiana in your thoughts tonight.”
Lake Charles has been hit by flooding as it is still recovering from hurricane damage in 2020 and an ice storm in February.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a statement on Monday: “Water rescues and other emergency actions were required this afternoon as heavy rains fell in southwest Louisiana.
“The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) stands ready to support our local partners with all necessary emergency resources beyond their capabilities.
“We are only weeks away from the start of hurricane season, but this threat is the latest in a series of recent weather threats that remind us of the importance of being prepared and staying informed.”
The governor urged residents of Louisiana to monitor their local weather forecasts, follow instructions from local leaders, finalize their contingency plans on GetAGamePlan.org, and get vaccinated against COVID-19 in case they have. need to evacuate and find shelter.
Louisiana residents are also urged to avoid driving on flooded roads and to avoid moving around or bypassing barricades.