Due to the extreme flooding situation throughout parts of Louisiana, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne is announcing that state government offices will be closed Monday, Aug. 15, 2016.See full list of parishes affected as of 8/15/2016
Parts of southern Louisiana and Mississippi were hammered by up to 25 inches of rain late last week. Historic flooding that killed six people and forced more than 20,000 sometimes harrowing rescues continued to sweep across southern Louisiana on Monday as the region braced for ever higher waters.
The Weather Service said because the flooding is so far above what they’ve ever seen, they can’t really model or predict how wide the water is going to flow or how deep its going to get.From the air homes in southwest Louisiana looked more like little islands surrounded by flooded fields. Farmland was covered, streets descended into impassable pools of water, shopping centers were inundated with only roofs of cars peeking above the water. From the ground the devastation was just as significant. Most of the rivers have crested, but several are still rising.