Local leaders prepare for Tropical Storm Nicholas flash flooding

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Concern has now shifted from recovery to storm preparation. Nicholas is here while the aftermath of Hurricane Ida still remains.

East Baton Rouge City officials have been working on clearing out stormwater, drainage and canals to help alleviate flooding in neighborhoods and areas.

“What you have to recognize is everything is designed to work together. So, all we’ve done is freed up the capacity that was restricted from sediment. If I should put an extra load or burden on the conveying system, the conveying system is designed to handle that, and we expected to handle it just fine,” said EBR Mayor’s Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Kelvin Hill.

Since the May floods, community leaders urge residents to get ready for possible flash flooding.

“When you get the outer bands of the storm because it’s not hitting us, we’re just getting the outer bands, you get more rain. And so with a parish that typically floods, of course, that’s always a concern,” said Livingston Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Brandi Janes.

“We encourage our residents, not to drive around barricades would ask them not to drive through water where they can’t see the road and would ask them to remember, turn around, don’t drown,” said Hill.

Although many are still dealing with the remnants of Hurricane Ida, Janes said this storm will be different.

“You know, we had a bit of rain in Hurricane Ida, but like I said, mostly wind damage. This won’t be the wind damage. There’ll be more rain and we will be monitoring the waterways. I will be posting it to our Facebook,” Janes said.

Many residents may be nervous about this potential heavy rainfall, especially Livingston Parish residents after the Flood of 2016.

“Any little rain and people start getting anxious, and I completely understand that they do that and they can call us and talk us through it. We can explain to them about, you know, it’s nothing like 2016. Hopefully, try to reassure them,” said Janes.

Community leaders said they will be monitoring the waterways and roadways for possible closures or actions.

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