Severe weather gone from Baton Rouge for now, more rain coming

    After severe weather in the Capital Region left one dead and several motorists stranded as flooded streets made this morning’s commute a nightmare, meteorologists say that while more rain is on the way during the afternoon drive home it won’t be nearly as severe.

    Expect scattered showers this afternoon and more showers tomorrow morning, says National Weather Service Meteorologist Megan Williams, who expects between 1 inch and 1 ½ inches of rain to fall around Baton Rouge Friday morning from an influx of tropical moisture. Five inches fell on Baton Rouge this morning.

    “The ground is still saturated from this morning’s weather though, so be careful of flooded streets and turn around if they are flooded,” Williams warns.

    As of 3 p.m., parts of Interstate 110 by Capitol Lake remain closed due to high water.

    Though all pumps operated by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development in the area around Capitol Lake were functional this morning, DOTD Communications Director Rodney Mallett said the system was overwhelmed by the combination of heavy rainfall and the extremely high water levels of the Mississippi River and area tributaries.

    There isn’t a timeline for when the stretch of I-110 will reopen near the Governor’s Mansion.

    For an updated list of road closures and additional emergency information visit www.brla.gov/emergency, and updates on real-time traffic and road conditions can be found at 511la.org.

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