BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- At least one man has been found dead after East Baton Rouge Parish experienced 13in of rain overnight and dozens of people had to abandon their cars in the roadways. Many people were left cleaning up the damage after the rain subsided.
At Bluebonnet Ave underpass in a pile of flooded cars a body of Justin Blaine Thompson of Gonzales was found as the cars were slowly towed away throughout the day. As rain poured through the night, cars became stuck in deep water or stalled out.
Numerous cars on Essen Ln, South Sherwood Forest Blvd and other streets had stalled cars blocking traffic.
“We saw an unprecedented number of folks who were out on the roadways during this weather event and now we’re seeing the remnant of cars that have been left behind,” Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said.
One home had a large tree fall on top of it. Other homeowners across Baton Rouge spent the day ripping out waterlogged carpet. The city is asking people to report the damage they have to BRLA.org/emergency.
“So it is important for people who have experienced flooding to begin self reporting to help us to assess the needs of the parish and rapidly garner resources from our state and federal partners,” Mayor Broome said.
Mayor Broome also said the amount of rain in a short amount of time overwhelmed the drainage system but pumps are working to clear the water as quickly as possible.
“While our systems were not designed to mitigate the amount of water currently present, I want to assure you that our city parish team is working diligently to ensure that our systems are operating at full capacity,” Mayor Broome said.
She urges people to not drive in flood waters and report any down power lines or outages to your providers. The Mayor said while this storm is not to the severity of 2016, people need to continue to be on alert as more rain moves through the area in the coming days.