UPDATE: Gov. John Bel Edwards has issued a State of Emergency Declaration due to the ongoing severe weather impacting Southwest Louisiana.
Numerous flash flood and tornado warnings have already been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS).
Additional rains are expected across the state for the next several days.
NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — Lake Charles is under a flash flood emergency following nearly a foot of rainfall on Monday.
The Southwest Louisiana city and its surrounding area was deluged with rain from 6-10 inches with still a lot of rain to the west of the city, and tornado threats as well.
“The flooding Lake Charles is experiencing is dangerous and potentially life-threatening,” stated Louisiana Governor, John Bel Edwards, who said GOHSEP is in contact with local leaders about their needs and asked the entire state to pray for the families in Lake Charles who have experienced so much loss.
According to WGNO Meteorologist Brooke Laizer, flash flooding is the No. 1 cause of weather-related deaths. East of Lake Charles, New Orleans remains under a flash flood watch until Wednesday.