Amite River Breaks Banks Near Baton Rouge, Louisiana

After some heavy rainfall over the weekend, the levels of the Amite River, which runs to Lake Maurepas, are a cause for concern. Prairieville saw 1.32 inches (3.35cm) of rain from early Saturday to early Monday, Claycut Bayou 2.14 (5.43cm) and Bayou Fountain 1.98 inches (5cm).

High levels of the Amite River and Bayou Manchac in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, have caused backwater flooding that has forced the closure of several roads in the area. Around 24 families have been affected.

In an official statement from the parish, the Parish President, Tommy Martinez, said:

Parish department of public works officials said crews are monitoring roads along Bayou Manchac and the Amite River. They have put up barricades at Airport Drive, Kay Drive and Idle Hour Road following increased water levels in those areas.

Bayou Manchac is an 18 mile long waterway linking the Mississippi River to the 117 mile long Amite River. Predictions say the river could surpass flood stage by one foot (30cm) when it crests at around 10 feet in Ascension Parish.

Elsewhere the flood threat appears to be minimal. Port Vincent in Livingston Parish, Louisiana lies further south, is not thought to be under threat. Flood stage at Port Vincent for the Amite River stands at 8 feet, and the river is predicted to crest at under 6 feet some time on Tuesday 25 February.

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Sources: The Advocate; Ascension Parish Press Release (pdf)