Posted: Jan 9, 2013 4:48 PM by KATC
Louisiana State Police is urging the people of South Louisiana to exercise caution during the coming hours as we prepare for continued rain. According to the National Weather Service South Louisiana can expect anywhere from 3-6 inches of rain in the next 24 hours. This may lead to rivers cresting above flood stage, resulting in flooding along state and local roadways.
Troopers urge motorists to use caution when traveling during the next 24 hours especially after sunset. Water can rise quickly resulting in flash flooding of roadways. If you approach a roadway that is under water, Troopers recommend you do not travel through it.
Additional safety tips include:
Stay Put- Avoid driving in heavy storms unless absolutely necessary. Often, injuries and deaths occur during and in the aftermath of such storms. Sightseers impeding roadways cause obstacles for emergency personnel responding to those in need.
Slow Down- Decrease your vehicle speed during inclement weather to avoid hydroplaning and to account for increased stopping time. Periods of heavy rain may necessitate traveling at speeds below the posted speed limits.
Be cautious of high winds - Windy conditions adversely affect all vehicles, particularly high profile vehicles, such as buses and trucks, as well as smaller vehicles such as motorcycles. Gusty wind makes driving difficult, especially when it is rapidly changing in speed and direction.
Do not drive around any barricades- If you approach a road closed barricade do not attempt to proceed with your route even if you think it may be safe.
Motorists wishing to obtain road closure information can call 511 or visit www.511LA.org or www.lsp.org. If your vehicle becomes disabled or you need to report a hazardous road condition you may call *LSP (*577).