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Rare ‘High-Risk’ Flash Flood Alert Issued for Southwest Louisiana Amid Tropical Depression Nicholas

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The National Weather Service on Sept. 15 warned that Southwest Louisiana faces a “high risk” of flash flooding from Tropical Depression Nicholas. Such “high risk” warnings, the most dire and severe type of warnings, are rarely issued anywhere in the United States. Rain from the storm will move over the area through Wednesday and showers are expected to produce high rainfall rates and significant rainfall totals of around 5 to 10 inches, with locally higher amounts possible, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Wednesday morning. Some of the locations that are expected to experience flash flooding include Ville Platte, Marksville, Bunkie, Mamou, Glenmora, Cheneyville, Turkey Creek, Cottonport, Pine Prairie, Mansura, Lecompte, Hessmer, Evergreen, Bayou Chicot, Chicot State Park, Indian Lake, Whiteville, Echo, Reddell, and Poland. “Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of …

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