The Latest: Rescuers pluck Mississippi residents from flood

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on flooding in the Deep South (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

Flooding is also affecting areas of southwest Mississippi just north of the Louisiana state line.

Carlene Statham, the deputy director of the Pike County Emergency Management Agency, says waters began rising before dawn Friday in Osyka (oh-SY’-kuh), leading the county to send out rescue teams. She says one woman was rescued from a car, while three people were rescued from a house surrounded by water. Statham says a handful of houses in the Osyka area appear to have flooded.

Numerous roads are flooded and at least one county road has washed out. No one was injured.

The Amite County school district is dismissing class at 10 a.m. Superintendent Scotty Whittington says numerous roads are underwater or washed out.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation says some state highways are flooded in Amite, Pike and Wilkinson counties.

10:15 a.m.

Heavy rain and flooding has caused Louisiana officials to closed state offices in 14 parishes.

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said offices in Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Lafayette, Livingston, St. Helena, St. James, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington and West Baton Rouge are closed Friday.

Dardenne said officials are monitoring weather conditions across the state.

Heavy rain is expected to continue Friday and begin tapering off early Saturday.


9 a.m.

Louisiana authorities have rescued 72 people and seven pets out of neighborhoods after flooding in southeast Tangipahoa Parish.

Parish President Robby Miller says shelters have been open in the town of Amite and Hammond city for those who were rescued. Residents will be allowed to return home once the water starts to recede.

Heavy rain is also causing problems in southern Mississippi.

Officials in Pike County say roads are closed and water is nearing homes in the town of Osyka (oh-SY’-kuh), just north of the Louisiana-Mississippi state line.

Meteorologist Alek Krautmann at the weather service office in Slidell, Louisiana, said the Mississippi town of Gloster, in Amite County has received nearly 10 inches of rain since Thursday night.


8:45 a.m.

Forecasters in Alabama say a flash flood watch is in effect Friday along the Alabama Gulf coast.

National Weather Service meteorologists say they expect an additional 2.2 inches of rain to fall on Friday in areas near Mobile, Alabama, with higher amounts possible in some areas.

On Friday morning, forecasters said the potential for heavier rainfall increases toward the Alabama coast.


7 a.m.

Heavy rain and street flooding have prompted five school districts in southeast Louisiana to cancel classes.

St. James, Washington, Tangipahoa (tan-jih-puh-HOH’) and St. Tammany parishes and the Bogalusa (bohg-uh-LOOS’-uh) City School District announced early Friday schools would be closed due to weather and flooding concerns.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says high water has closed Interstate 55 southbound near Amite.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Washington Tangipahoa, Livingston, West Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge and portions of St. Tammany, Pointe Coupee and Ascension parishes until 1 p.m. Friday.

The weather service said in a statement at an addition 3 to 5 inches could fall over the warned area.

All of southeast Louisiana remains under a flood watch until Saturday morning.

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