The Latest: Louisiana, Mississippi see rising waters

AP News
Posted: Mar 12, 2016 1:46 PM
The Latest: Louisiana, Mississippi see rising waters

COVINGTON, La. (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in the Deep South (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

As the Leaf River rose north of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 26-year-old Rebecca Bruce and her fiancé grabbed what they could and left the shed where they live. She says she has a book bag full of dirty clothes and was lucky to get that.

Bruce was among about 20 people in a Red Cross shelter in the Forrest County Community Center on Saturday, as creeks and rivers continued to rise after torrential rains across the Deep South.

Mississippi's emergency director says the state is dealing with the most widespread flooding since Hurricane Isaac dumped more than 2 feet of rain throughout the state. But Lee Smithson says it's not as bad as expected, because heavy rain expected across the Mississippi Gulf Coast never materialized.

In Louisiana, Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser tells WDSU-TV ( that he's never seen such widespread flooding.

The Louisiana National Guard says about 800 members have rescued more than 1,730 people and 160 pets, filled more than 324,000 sandbags and given out 12,000 bottles of water since midweek.


2 a.m.

Officials and residents in Louisiana and Mississippi were keeping an eye on rising river waters as they try to recover from major flooding in the region.

In Mississippi, officials say as many as 1,000 residents could see their homes flooded by the rapidly rising Leaf River in Hattiesburg, Petal and surrounding areas.

In Louisiana more rain was expected to fall Saturday although not as much as the deluge that started Tuesday and continued into Friday.

The rains caused severe flooding across Louisiana this week.

On Friday hundreds of people had to flee their homes in southeastern Louisiana after torrential rains caused flash flooding.

In northwestern Louisiana, the rain-swollen waters washed out bridges, submerged roads and forced families to evacuate.