Heavy rains in western Louisiana have flooded streets, left cars stranded and heightened worries in a region hammered by two hurricanes last year and a deep freeze this northern winter.
The National Weather Service said on Facebook on Monday that south Lake Charles got the heaviest rainfall with about 30-40cm falling there in a 12-hour period.
But the rainfall wasn't limited to that one area. Numerous areas in Calcasieu Parish where Lake Charles is located received 20-25cm of rainfall on Monday.
Parts of southeastern Texas and western Louisiana were under flash flood warnings on Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service's Lake Charles office. Several centimetres of rain also feel on parts of Arkansas.
Tornadoes also were a threat as storms pounded south Louisiana.
Photos on local media showed water up to the doorsteps in one subdivision of Lake Charles while vehicles sought to navigate flooded streets in another part of town.
The rainy weather is expected to continue in southern Louisiana through the middle of the week.
Western Louisiana is still recovering from back-to-back hurricanes Laura and then Delta last year.
And then, in February, frigid temperatures froze pipes and led to problems getting drinking water to area residents.
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