Mayor’s office asking public to ‘remain vigilant’ during and after Tropical Storm Nicholas

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Flooding in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – As Tropical Storm Nicholas works its way through our area, keep an eye out for flash flooding.

Nicholas could drop half a foot of rain or more in the area over the next few days.

The Office of the Mayor-President Sharon West Broome is asking local residents to be ready for a lot of rain.

The mayor’s office is providing this information about the storm and what you can do to be ready for it:

The National Weather Service (NWS) New Orleans/Baton Rouge has forecasted a Moderate Risk of Excessive Rainfall for East Baton Rouge Parish from impacts of Tropical Storm Nicholas.

NWS New Orleans/Baton Rouge has issued a Flash Flood Watch and is anticipating 6-8” of rainfall for our area today through Friday morning. There is a threat of an isolated tornado over portions of Baton Rouge Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Please remain vigilant throughout the week as East Baton Rouge Parish may experience excessive rainfall. Remember to always use caution while driving; localized flash flooding may cause ponding on the roadways. Do not drive through flooded roadways or around barricades,” said Mayor Broome. “As a precaution, use the Buddy System™ to check on your family, friends, and neighbors who might still be recovering from Hurricane Ida. Stay Red Stick Ready by monitoring your local weather stations for the latest forecasts and adhere to emergency instructions from local officials.”

The Broome Administration and the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) will continue coordinating with NWS and local, state, and federal officials throughout the duration of the event.

For up-to-date information regarding the current weather situation, follow us @RedStickReady on Facebook and Twitter, download the Red Stick Ready mobile application. You can also text “RedStickReady” to 225-243-9991 to receive preparedness information.

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