Posted: Sep 21, 2013 8:41 AM by Dave Baker
Heavy rainfall has caused flooding over parts of southwestern Louisiana overnight. Calcasieu, Beauregard, Allen, and Jeff Davis parishes were under a flood warning as some areas saw over 15 inches of rain in the past 24 hours. Central and northern parts of Calcasieu parish was the hardest hit including the cities of Sulphur, Carlyss, Moss Bluff, and Gillis. Lake Charles also had a significant amount of rain.
Gillis, a small community along US 171 north of Lake Charles had a report of 15.63 inches of rain in the 24 hour period ending at 3am Saturday. Significant flooding was occurring in Moss Bluff where 14.77 inches fell. Carlyss and Sulphur both saw up to 10 inches of rain, while the city of Lake Charles had rain gauges topping 8 inches.
Other areas of Acadiana picked up much needed rain overnight, but 1-5 inches was the average. Flooding will continue over the next few days as water continues to run off into the local river systems especially the Calcasieu River.