In the wake of the flood, many people have noticed that their drive time commutes have gotten longer.
With so many homes destroyed, especially in Livingston and Ascension parishes, thousands of people were left homeless and forced to move to Baton Rouge
Some in hotels, others living with family members, a few forced to live out of their cars.
It’s all meant more vehicles in the capitol city.
Which means more traffic.
The Secretary of DOTD, Dr. Shawn Wilson, said, “Its like kicking an ant pile. Folks are just going everywhere for a bit until they find a normal pattern and a normal path of least resistance. We saw this post Katrina where the numbers drastically shot up with folks moving into this community”.
Dr. Wilson also says much of this traffic comes from volunteers, here to help with clean-up and recovery efforts.
So until things begin to settle, he says the best thing that we can all do is to give ourselves some extra time to travel and be patient.