Flash floods leave people stranded along I-110

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Flash floods struck much of the Capitol City on Thursday.

Morning commuters found themselves caught in heavy rainfall that flooded much of the roadways across Baton Rouge, including Interstate 110.

Kevin Lawrence, of Port Allen, said his car stalled after he attempted to drive through water that had collected on I-110 near the Capitol Access Rd.

“As the traffic backed up the water started to fill up and so we made moves to try and get back up to that ramp,” said Lawrence. 

Lawrence told NBC Local 33 that he waited more than three hours after the incident. “I’m waiting on AAA, called my insurance. I think it’s a ram in the bush for me.”

A spokeperson for AAA said the Baton Rouge office fielded three times the amount of calls received on a typical day. 

A member of the Cajun Navy, Todd Terrell, said he received calls to assist stranded drivers along I-110.

“We are getting a lot of calls from people that are stranded and they have their parents and grandparents that need to get out of the car,” said Terrell. 

The flash floods brought a memory forward for some that still has yet to heal for many. 

 “It was reminiscent of 2016 here,” said Terrell, “it wasn’t as bad as sixteen but, I think we flooded in a lot more areas that didn’t flood in sixteen today.”

Terrell said he also hopes that the storms today are not a foreshadowing of the season ahead. 

“We don’t need a big hurricane to have this kind of destruction and flooding in the area,” said Terrell. “I mean this was basically just a slow moving tropical system, you know? So, just prayers for everybody.”

Hurricane season in south Louisiana started on June 1. 

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