BATON ROUGE -- Livingston Parish is under a flash flood watch until 7 a.m. Saturday, with 2 to 4 inches of rain possible in some of the 12 parishes under the watch, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
Meanwhile, at 8:15 a.m., the Amite River is at 25.76 feet and could crest at 31 feet by 8 p.m. Sunday, according to the NWS’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service.
Flood stage on the Amite is 29 feet, the river reached 46.5 feet in 2016 at the Denham Springs measuring marker.
At 9:15 a.m., Livingston Parish Public Schools were in session, but school system officials are monitoring the weather.
“At this time, we are on (our) regular schedule,” School Superintendent Joe Murphy said.
“We are evaluating throughout the day and will provide updates based on information received from various official sources,” he said.
Area law enforcement agencies all have the same message: Don't drive unless you have to, don't try to drive on flooded streets, and drive with caution.
The NWS forecast today for the parish is 100 percent chance of rain with some thunderstorms. North winds at 5 mph with rainfall from ¾ to 1 inch.
Tonight’s forecast is 70 percent chance of rain with possible thunderstorms. East winds at 5 mph with rainfall from ½ to 1 inch.
The flash flood watch covers the parishes of Livingston, St. Helena, Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Tangipahoa, Pointe Coupee, St. Tammany, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.