RAINY SUNDAY

May 25, 2009 at 1:18 pm Leave a comment

Marlon Breaux wades through the high water on the 700 block of Franklin Street in Lake Charles on Sunday. Breaux, who was on his way to church, carries his dress pants and shoes to prevent them from becoming wet. According to Breaux, Franklin Street becomes impassable by car after every heavy rain. BY KAREN WINK

Marlon Breaux wades through the high water on the 700 block of Franklin Street in Lake Charles on Sunday. Breaux, who was on his way to church, carries his dress pants and shoes to prevent them from becoming wet. According to Breaux, Franklin Street becomes impassable by car after every heavy rain. BY KAREN WINK

Humidity abets storm system, its flooding rains
*published May 25, 2009
BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

A large storm system that moved in from the Gulf of Mexico brought heavy rains and street flooding on Sunday. More of the same is expected today, which could create a soggy Memorial Day.

John Trares, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, said the large, slowmoving storm has been soaking most of the Southeast since Saturday. He said heavy humidity created a semi-tropical environment that helped the system maintain it’s size.

The southern parts of Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis and Beauregard parishes had the heaviest amounts of rain — between four and five inches.

About three inches of rain fell at the Lake Charles Regional Airport.

The Weather Service’s Memorial Day forecast calls for a 60 percent chance of rain, which Trares says may be spread out through the day and will contribute to localized flooding.

The flooding will most likely be in the southern part of Southwest Louisiana, with some minor flooding near downtown Lake Charles.

Tuesday’s forecast calls for a 30 to 40 percent chance of rain. The chances of rain will continue to drop as the storm weakens and moves away on a northwest path.

Trares said late Sunday that the center of the storm was over central Arkansas and moving toward Tulsa, Okla.

On Sunday evening, a flood warning was in place along the Sabine River near Deweyville, Texas. It will continue into the afternoon.

The river reached the flood stage of 24 feet overnight, causing minor lowland flooding in southwestern Beauregard Parish.

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