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USTropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water

23:35  14 july  2019
23:35  14 july  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

New Orleans just faced a flash flood emergency, and Barry could bring more severe flooding Saturday, testing levees

New Orleans just faced a flash flood emergency, and Barry could bring more severe flooding Saturday, testing levees The Mississippi River in New Orleans is forecast to crest at 20 feet, the same height as levees that protect the city.

After making landfall in Louisiana, Tropical Storm Barry continued making its slow trek northward on Sunday across the region, bringing the threat of flash flooding for the lower Mississippi River valley and warnings by officials to stay out of the water due to what may lurk underneath.

The National Hurricane Center said as of 11 a.m. ET that Barry was located about 80 miles south-southeast of Shreveport, moving north at 6 mph with sustained winds of 45 mph. After briefly becoming a Category 1 hurricane on Saturday, the system weakened to a tropical storm, the NHC said.

New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry

New Orleans faces a never-before-seen problem with Tropical Storm Barry Tropical Storm Barry presents New Orleans with an unprecedented problem, according to the National Weather Service. The Mississippi River, which is usually at 6 to 8 feet in midsummer in the Big Easy, is now at 16 feet, owing to record flooding that's taken place this year all along the waterway. Meantime, Barry is cranking in the Gulf of Mexico, threatening a storm surge of 2 to 3 feet at the mouth of the river, said Jeffrey Graschel, a hydrologist with the weather service's Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center in Slidell, Louisiana.

"Across the remainder of the Lower Mississippi Valley, total rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches," the NHC said. "This rainfall is expected to lead to dangerous, life-threatening flooding."

In Mississippi, up to 3 inches of rain had already fallen in the Jackson area before dawn Sunday — and more was on the way. That prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning for the captial city of Jackson and some of its suburbs.

Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water
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President Trump took to Twitter to warn people across the region to be on guard as the day went on.

"A big risk of major flooding in large parts of Louisiana and all across the Gulf Coast," the president tweeted. "Please be very careful!"

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First responders across the region echoed the president’s sentiments and urged people to stay out of floodwaters for a different reason: other creatures that may lurk below.

The St. Tammany Fire Prevention District #1 posted pictures to Facebook on Saturday of several snakes that fire crews have come across in Slidell, La.

"If the area you live in has high water, watch out for snakes and other critters who are trying to escape the floodwaters as well," the agency said.

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In Livingston Parish, a family and a dog had a very close encounter with an alligator. The Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness posted a video to its Twitter account of the close encounter.

Widespread flooding, tornadoes, snakes and a dangerous heatwave are now set to hit Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Barry, officials warn, as residents begin the cleanup

Widespread flooding, tornadoes, snakes and a dangerous heatwave are now set to hit Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Barry, officials warn, as residents begin the cleanup As Tropical Depression Barry moves north and east, officials warn of potential tornadoes, flooding from following rains, intense heat and 'snakes and other critters' lurking to avoid waters.

Tropical Storm Barry brings 'significant flooding threat' as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water© FoxNews.com Rob Schmitt gives you the latest updates on Tropical Storm Barry from Mandeville, Louisiana. Rick Reichmuth tracks the storm. "No animals were harmed while this video was recorded," the agency said.

Late Saturday night, authorities were trying to rescue a family of five who were trapped by high water in the south Louisiana town of Franklin, according to KTBS-TV. The National Guard had to halt its initial rescue mission because waters were too high to safely reach the family's home. Franklin is about 40 miles southeast of Lafayette.

When officials eventually got to the home, the people living there said they didn't need to be rescued, officials told the television station.

"We got to a spot where we were starting to float a little bit and I wasn't comfortable with that so we stopped a bit," Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office Dep. Steve Dooley told KTBS. "We didn't have very far to go so we decided to drive the rest of the way. We made it to the house, and they just didn't want to come out."

The deputies told KTBS that floodwaters in the area dropped significantly throughout the evening.

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The storm's first wave had not inundated New Orleans as feared, with the city experiencing moderate rain Saturday. Forecasters downgraded rainfall estimates for the city through Sunday to between 2 to 4 inches. Earlier forecasts of quadruple that amount had raised concerns that water pumps strengthened after Hurricane Katrina would be overwhelmed.

None of the main levees on the Mississippi River failed or were breached, and they were expected to hold up through the storm, Gov. John Bel Edwards said. But a levee in Terrebonne Parish was overtopped by water for part of the day, officials said. Video also showed water getting over a second levee in Plaquemines Parish, where fingers of land extend deep into the Gulf of Mexico.

Good Samaritans Form Human Chain to Rescue Swimmers from Rip Current in Florida

Good Samaritans Form Human Chain to Rescue Swimmers from Rip Current in Florida Human Chain Forms to Rescue Swimmers from Florida Rip Current

“The levees did do really well along the Mississippi River but there's all those others rivers, it's a very wet area, there's a lot of moisture there, a lot of rivers that are going to continue to rise. so we have a long ways to go with this,” Fox News Chief Meteorologist Rick Reichmuth said on “FOX & friends.”

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In other parts of Louisiana on Saturday, Barry flooded highways, forced people to scramble to rooftops and dumped heavy rain as it made landfall near Intracoastal City, about 160 miles west of New Orleans. Downpours also lashed coastal Alabama and Mississippi.

In Mandeville, a city on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain across from New Orleans, storm surge and choppy waters sent waves pushing over the seawall and into nearby communities. Elsewhere, Coast Guard helicopters rescued a dozen people and two pets from flooded areas of Terrebonne Parish, south of New Orleans, some of them from rooftops, a spokeswoman said.

More than 140,000 customers in Louisiana and another more than 4,000 customers in Mississippi were without power early Sunday, according to poweroutage.us.

Barry was expected to continue weakening and become a tropical depression Sunday, moving over Arkansas on Sunday night and Monday. But forecasts showed the storm on a path toward Chicago that would swell the Mississippi River basin.

Reichmuth said on "FOX & friends" that another thing to keep in mind is that the storm took place at earlier part of the hurricane season as the Mississippi River has been above flood stage for over 200 days due to all the moisture from the winter and spring still traveling downriver. The threat for flooding in the region could still persist when the season ramps up in August and September.

"If we have a storm again, a stronger storm into August or September, we could talk about this same situation," he said.

Good Samaritans Form Human Chain to Rescue Swimmers from Rip Current in Florida.
Human Chain Forms to Rescue Swimmers from Florida Rip Current

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