WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Weather Service (NWS) reports a slow-moving weather system dropped large amounts of rain over northern Louisiana this weekend. State officials report low-land flooding occurred across several parishes, forcing some evacuations in at least two areas and prompting sandbagging in others. Much of the area received more than seven inches of rain during the 12-hour period from midnight to noon, Jan. 29. Additional amounts of three inches or more fell later Friday night into Saturday. The Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) reports that all parishes in the northern portion of the state are reporting improving conditions.
In Quachita Parish, a subdivision was evacuated Saturday night while 32 families were evacuated in Clarence in Natchitoches Parish. The American Red Cross (ARC) sheltered families in local hotels in Ouachita Parish. Family and friends took in members of the 32 families that were evacuated in Natchitoches Parish.
The State Emergency Operation Center (EOC) was opened Friday morning. The governor also signed declaration designating a state of emergency for the affected parishes. The State's Department of Transportation and Development and the National Guard provided heavy equipment and sandbags to the affected areas. The State EOC returned to normal operations on Sunday afternoon.
FEMA's regional office staff in Denton, Texas (Region VI) is monitoring the situation and remains in contact with their counterparts at Louisiana's OEP.