Louisiana officials warn of snakes and other creatures fighting to escape Hurricane Barry floodwaters

Louisiana officials warn of snakes and other creatures fighting to escape Hurricane Barry floodwaters

July 14, 2019– Mary Greeley News – As Louisiana continues to experience heavy rain and overflowing levees from Hurricane Barry, officials are reminding citizens to be wary of one of the less publicized side-effects of major flooding.

First responders in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana posted a warning on Saturday about snakes and other creatures who may turn up in unexpected places.

“If the area you live in has high water, watch out for snakes and other critters who are trying to escape the flood waters as well,” reads the Facebook post from St. Tammany Fire Protection District #1. The message had a collection of images attached, which show snakes on porches and fences.

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness also re-posted a video from a Louisiana family who found a small alligator under their grill.

Federal Emergency Declared as Barry Heads for Land

“We’ve told you about the possibility of interaction with animals during a flood event,” reads the Twitter update.

Tropical Storm Barry continued to dump large amounts of rain as it made its way over Louisiana on Sunday, causing heavy flooding and knocking out power for thousands of people along the Gulf Coast. The storm largely steered clear of New Orleans, but rainfall elsewhere in the state could reach up to 20 inches in some areas.

Barry made landfall in Louisiana on Saturday and weakened to a tropical storm. It’s expected to further weaken to a tropical depression later Sunday.

Flights resume at New Orleans airport
9:45 a.m.: Flights are arriving and departing again from the New Orleans airport as Barry heads north.

“Life-threatening” flooding “the primary threat”
7:46 a.m. Sunday: In its early-morning advisory, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami said Barry continues to move westward over western Louisiana, with a turn toward the north expected Sunday.

The NHC said “life-threatening flooding rains” are the “primary threat” from the storm, which is expected to weaken to a tropical depression later in the day. As of 5 a.m. ET, it was located about 80 miles south-southeast of Shreveport with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.

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