Record rainfall brings local street flooding - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Record rainfall brings local street flooding

A Flood Advisory is in effect for Central Calcasieu Parish until 7:45 PM; this includes the cities of Lake Charles, Sulphur, Moss Bluff and Westlake.

Rainfall totals so far today at the Lake Charles airport have reached 4.09 inches. That breaks the previous record rainfall amount on this day of 2.59 inches set in 1984. 

Additional rain will continue to fall for the next few hours. Rainfall rates are 1-2 inches per hour. Rain is expected to decrease after 7pm but it is still possible to continue beyond that time period.

Some roads have water on them in places so use caution if you must drive for the next few hours. And remember do not drive through water if you do not know how deep it is. Turn around, don't drown. Most flood deaths occur in automobiles. One foot of flooded water is powerful enough to sweep a vehicle off the road.

KPLC has received multiple reports of roads flooded and several vehicles have had to be recovered by emergency and towing services.

The Lake Charles Police Department has requested drivers stay off flooded streets. That news alert is posted below.

You can track the showers by going to www.kplctv.com/weather or using our app on you smartphone. ..The slow moving nature of the storm system will result in a prolonged rain event in some locations resulting in street flooding in poor drainage areas. 

Rain should end from west to east by Tuesday morning as the whole storm system shifts east of the KPLC viewing area. 

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The following is an alert from the Lake Charles Police Department: 

Due to numerous streets flooding please stay off the roadways unless absolutely necessary.

The following streets are known to be flooding at this time: 

Bank / 7th St 
Enterprise south of 12th St. 
18th from Enterprise to 2nd Ave. 
Sale Rd from Ryan St to Ernest St.

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