Flash Floods in Slidell and New Orleans Area

As much as 2.24 inches (5.68cm) of rain fell in just 1 hour in Slidell, a city of around 27,000 people in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Slidell sits on the northeastern shores of Lake Pontchartrain, just across the lake from the city of New Orleans which is about 30 miles away.

The sudden downpour started at around midday today, 28 March 2014, causing flash flooding in several of Slidell’s streets. Other areas in the St. Tammany Parish are also affected, including Lake Village, which saw 4.5 inches (11.43cm) of rain fall in one hour. Parts of Jefferson Parish, including Gretna, are also seeing some flooding.

The heavy rain was accompanied by strong winds which have knocked out power for around 4,000 homes in Gentilly, St. Roch and Carrollton.

Parts of New Orleans have also seen some flooding, although not as severe or widespread as the Slidell area.

More rain has been forecast for the evening, raising the possibility that flooding could get worse across the region.