BATON ROUGE – Although the rain eased up and skies were clearing at noontime, Livingston Parish is not out of the range of bad weather, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
The parish remains 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 NWS.
At 12:15 p.m., the Amite River was at 26.85 feet and could crest at 31 feet by midnight Sunday, according to the NWS’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service.
Flood stage on the Amite is 29 feet at the Denham Springs marker, and hit 46.5 feet in August of 2016.
The hydrologic service also reported the following levels on the Amite River in three other locations:
• Amite River at French Settlement: 2.84 feet at noon. Flood stage is 4 feet. No predicted crest was given.
• Amite River at La. 22 at Maurepas: 3.33 feet at noon. Flood stage is 4 feet. No predicted crest was given.
• Amite River at Magnolia: 40.21 feet at 12:30 p.m. Flood stage is 48 feet. Crest is predicted at 42.7 feet at 1 p.m. Sunday.
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.
Police reported no streets closed in Denham Springs or Walker, but that could change this evening.
“We are happy to report that as of noon Friday, all roads inside the Walker City Limits are open,” said Capt. John Sharp, public information officer with the Walker Police Department.
“However, we expect additional heavy rain later this evening and tonight, into tomorrow,” Sharp said.
Walker has had 6 inches of rain since Thursday morning.
“So while the water presently has the opportunity to run off, we may have problems tonight, as the ground is saturated and the creeks, streams and ditches are full,” he said.
People should alert to the possibility of flash flooding tonight, Sharp added.
Livingston Parish public schools were in session, but school system officials were monitoring the weather.
“At this time, we are on (our) regular schedule,” School Superintendent Joe Murphy aid.
“We are evaluating throughout the day and will provide updated based on information received from various official sources.” he said.
Meanwhile, Holden School found itself without power in the morning.
About 60 percent of the campus lost power at 9:15 a.m., Principal Kristin Rountree said.
All students are safe, and Entergy was on campus working to restore power, she said.
The Entergy crew had to cut power to the rest of the campus as it worked to fix the problem.
Lightning also hit the homes of two teachers on Thursday, Rountree said.
There were no injuries, but one home had serious damage, she said.