BATON ROUGE, La. (Reuters) – Torrential downpours in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi caused flooding on Friday that killed at least one man, left two people injured and forced residents to evacuate homes throughout the region, officials said.
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Pounding rain over the past two days led Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to declare a state of emergency, and forced the closure of schools, government offices and many roads.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch into the weekend for parts of southern Mississippi and southeastern Louisiana, including New Orleans.
The severe weather comes five months after March flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi that left at least four dead and thousands of homes damaged.
Flash Floods & rain in South Louisiana