Heavy rainfall in parish resulted in flooded roads

Heavy rainfall late last week and into the weekend resulted in numerous Washington Parish roads being closed due to high water.

Especially heavy rainfall hit the parish on Saturday and in many cases runoff backed up in streams and in the Bogue Chitto River. Some of the roads listed below by the Washington Parish Office of Homeland Security had been re-opened by early Sunday, and others were re-opened during the day Sunday. Several of the roads required road work repairs by the Washington Parish Public Works Department.

Meanwhile, residents living in low-lying areas near the Bogue Chitto River were watching it nervously. In the traditional flooding areas along the river, residents were moving cars and other items to higher ground late Saturday and Sunday morning. As the water started receding later on Sunday there was a sense of relief among those living near the river. Still, even during the day Monday and into Tuesday residents living on the river at Enon still were under minor (but very inconvenient) flood conditions.

Here are the parish roads closed due to high water as of late Saturday, with all now re-opened:

1. Hwy 21 N (South of Prison Rd)

2. Hwy 21 N (North Dollar Store Angie)

3. Sawmill @ Hwy 438

4. Hwy 436 West of Dollar Rd

5. Hwy 1071

6. Hwy 436 @ Fostertown Rd

7. HH Williams Rd

8. Military Rd

9. Rev Bennett Rd

10. TC Brumfield Rd @ Buford Creel Rd

11. Lonnie Peters Rd @ Jerry Moses Rd

12. E Old Columbia Rd

13. Ray Stogner Rd

14. Henry Kennedy Rd

15. Harvey Rd @ Bateman Rd

16. Hayes Creek Rd

17. Forrest Duncan Rd (Washed out)

18. Seal Rd W of Hwy 21 N

19. Ben’s Ford Rd

20. Harvey Rd @ Bethel Church of Christ

21. Lawrence Creek Rd @ CM Magee Rd

22. James Creel Rd

23. Hwy 440 @ Vernon School Rd

24. Hwy 440 (between Crystal Springs Rd and Issac Watson Rd)

25. Hwy 1072 @ Jenkins Rd #2

26. Lee Rd (Hwy 439 end)

27. Hwy 436 W of J Warren Rd

28. Fairgrounds Rd @ Hwy 25

29. John D Wood Rd

30. Hwy 450 @ N Yates Rd

31. Hwy 439 (1 mile from Ben’s Ford Church)

32. Hwy 430 North of Old Columbia Rd

33. Sie Jenkins Rd

34. C O Crockett Rd

35. Crain’s Creek Rd

36. Cleve Kennedy Rd

37. Perry Erwin Rd

38. Hwy 1072 @ Tullos Rd

39. Frank Dillon Rd

40. Choctaw Rd Past Dump

41. Hwy 10 @ Bateman St

42. C E Stafford Rd

43. Pittman Rd (Culverts Washing Out)

44. WO Turnage Rd

In addition, within the town of Franklinton there were several high water situations on streets and roads. Town crews erected warning signs that were removed after the water went down.

As always, motorists are reminded to NEVER attempt to drive through moving water on the road surface. It takes just a few inches of fast-flowing water to push a vehicle off the roadway and into a flooded stream or river. "Don't drown, go around!"

The heavy rainfall and the thunderstorms late last week and over the weekend kept employees of Washington-St. Tammany Electric Co-op busy. Numerous power outages were reported throughout WST's service area and some of the linemen were working in adverse weather conditions to restore power.